Souths' victory may be crushed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 July, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 July, 1995, 12:00am

SOUTH Sydney may be stripped of their win over South Queensland after a highly controversial finish.

Souths won 24-20, but the match ended on a sensational note.

In the final minute, referee Mark Oaten sent Rabbitoh forward Mark Lyons to the sin bin for a professional foul.

Lyons remained on the field as the Crushers mounted a desperate bid for victory, taking his place in the defensive line.

Referee Oaten only realised that Lyons hadn't left the field after the full-time siren and mentioned the incident in his match report.

Souths now face a heavy fine, or may even be docked the two premiership points for Lyons' failure to obey the referee's instructions.

The win was a vital one for the battling Rabbitohs, enabling them to climb off last spot on the ladder.

Referee David Manson had his hands full in a rugged affair between Newcastle and Brisbane.

An explosive match saw several violent exchanges, with Newcastle's Paul Harragon and Brisbane's Andrew Gee in the thick of the action.

Both were sin-binned after one altercation as Malcolm Reilly's Knights scored a slick 32-10 win.

At Penrith, the Panthers scored a 32-34 win over St George in a controversial battle for survival.

Saints skipper Mark Coyne, angered at several decisions that went against his team, lodged an on-field complaint midway through the first half.

The Panthers took a firm hold on a finals spot with their hard-fought win and are now well on target.