Dragons duo in hot water over alleged drunken brawl
RUGBY LEAGUE: If Parramatta is the basket case of the NRL, the Dragons are not too far behind.
In the latest piece of bad news for the club, centre Tim Lafai and teammate Siliva Havili have allegedly been involved in a drunken brawl in Wollongong.
Both were issued infringement notices for “continuing intoxicated behaviour” after police were called to attend two brawls.
Lafai was allegedly heavily intoxicated and running around in a crazed manner with his shirt off.
The former Bulldog, who signed a two-year deal with the Dragons last year, was dropped from the seniors before their 25-12 loss to the Tigers on Sunday.
Both he and Havili, along with Dunamis Lui, played in the Illawarra Cutters’ loss in the NSW Cup at WIN Stadium on Saturday.
All three were reportedly part of a group that left Wollongong’s Fever nightclub on Saturday night.
The club said in a statement yesterday: “The St George Illawarra Dragons were made aware that certain contracted players were involved in an incident that occurred in Wollongong on Saturday night.
“The club and individuals concerned are co-operating with police in their inquiries.
“The NRL Integrity Unit has been informed.”
The Dragons’ loss to the Tigers has compounded the pressure on the club after embarrassing thrashings by Manly (36-6) and the Titans (32-12).
Dragons fans are demanding change at board level starting with under-siege chief executive Peter Doust.
The club owes the NRL $4 million, and crowds and membership numbers have shrunk alarmingly since the glory days of its premiership win in 2010.
If all that is not enough, reports have emerged the Dragons are set to miss out on troubled Eels five-eighth Corey Norman.
He is reportedly set to reject a huge offer in order to stay at Parramatta, a club that has been dogged by salary cap and off-field issues this year.
It would be a huge blow to the Dragons if Norman – suspended for the rest of the season after being caught in possession of drugs and allegedly participating in a sex tape – did not sign with the Red V.
The Dragons’ halves of Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall have struggled this year, with the team being the second-worst attacking outfit in the competition behind only Newcastle.