Springsure Mountain Men’s 20-8 win over Blackwater Crushers at the weekend has been overshadowed by an alleged biting charge.
Springsure Mountain Men’s 20-8 win over Blackwater Crushers at the weekend has been overshadowed by an alleged biting charge.

Crushers reported for biting

A BLACKWATER Crushers rugby league player has come under fire for allegedly biting an opponent during a Central Highlands match in Emerald at the weekend.

Springsure Mountain Men forward Henry Watkins was defending at about the game’s 60-minute mark, when a Blackwater player reportedly bit him on the forearm.

“I was just standing up after a tackle and he bit me,” Watkins said. “I yelled out and the ref put it on report.”

Watkins said the alleged offence understandably drew an immediate response from his teammates and an impression of responsibility from the offending player.

“He (the Blackwater player) looked pretty guilty,” Watkins said.

“Biting is just not in the game, most of my players weren’t too happy about it.”

Blackwater coach John Munns said his player was adamant he had done nothing wrong but preferred not to go into details about the alleged incident without having the full picture.

“He is denying it (biting),” Munns said.

“It’s just his word (Watkins) against ours... I’Sll leave it up to the Central Highlands committee to decide.

“I’d rather not comment further at this stage, only because I don’t really know where things are at.”

Central Highlands Rugby League spokeswoman Pat Booker confirmed a complaint had been received from the Springsure club.

“Allegedly, that’s all it is at this stage,” Booker said on Wednesday. “The club will be notified in the next 24 hours about what is happening but nothing has been done at this stage.”

Pressed as to how long before a verdict would be reached, Booker highlighted that the voluntary committee was under increasing strain and the matter would be dealt with “as soon as we get to it.”


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