Two players have been sin-binned after the opening tackle in an extraordinary start to the preliminary final between the Roosters and Storm.
Rival forwards Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Sio Siua Taukeiaho were both given their marching orders after a scuffle broke out afteer just 20 seconds.
The pair clashed in the first tackle of the match, with Storm prop Asofa-Solomona striking Taukeiaho twice in the face with an open hand.
Taukeiaho sized up to throw a punch but did not connect.
The pair were both marched for 10 minutes with the penalty awarded to the Roosters.
“It’s crazy this game,” Braith Anasta said in commentary.
“It’s just raw aggression, this has been building all week,” Kevin Walters added.
“That’s just a push in the face, I mean come on boys.”
Fans couldn’t believe what they’d seen, with many left raging that the sin-bin had been used.
20 seconds in!! Push you shove me!! ITS A PRELIM FINAL FFS!! Let the BIG BOYS sort there shit out!! Sin bin for that? Woooooooooow!!! It’s called the softening up period, let them! Who was hurt?— Mark Geyer (@markMGgeyer) September 28, 2019
So soft.— Grow the Game (@rugby_trivia) September 28, 2019
What a joke— Ivan (@ivanhenjack) September 28, 2019
Disgrace. Nelson did nothing. Robbed already.— Jack (@jacphens) September 28, 2019
Chambers replaces Vunivalu for Storm
Melbourne veteran Will Chambers played on the wing for the injured Suliasi Vunivalu.
Winger Sandor Earl was the new player on the bench at the SCG.
The Roosters were 1-17, with Luke Keary starting at five-eighth despite being seen wearing a moon boot earlier in the week.