The St George Illawarra Dragons pair split after drunken argument in Mudgee and are set to be disciplined

St George Illawarra officials had to reprimand two players after a late-night argument erupted outside the team hotel following their defeat by South Sydney in Mudgee on Saturday.

Sources with knowledge of the situation are speaking on condition of anonymity to protect the identities of the players, it was announced herald The two players were out drinking with select teammates when they returned to their room and began arguing.

The argument then spilled out of their room at the Winning Post Motor Inn Hotel, rousing teammates who intervened to break up the pair after what was described as a minor brawl. Club officials insist no punches were thrown.

The club allowed the players to go out and drink as there was a long turnaround until their next game in round two after the bye in the opening round of the NRL season.

The club are disappointed with the players’ behavior and spoke to them about the matter on Sunday. The players now face disciplinary action from the club over the incident, which the Dragons believe does not meet club standards.

It came after a disappointing performance by the Dragons in Saturday’s Charity Shield against South Sydney in Mudgee. The Dragons were 26-0 down at halftime before finally going down 24-42.

The club issued a statement: “The Dragons are aware of a verbal altercation that took place between two players at the team hotel on Sunday morning. The club considers this behavior to be unacceptable and will now assess whether disciplinary action is warranted. The club will not be making any further comments at this time.”

The Dragons are entering the season under tremendous pressure after a couple of disappointing seasons under coach Anthony Griffin.

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Ryan Sederquist

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