19 May 2009

Sandow mistake not costly for Souths

6:04 am on 19 May 2009

South Sydney will not be stripped of any competition points despite a "minor" 14-man breach in Sunday's 23-22 NRL victory over the Wests Tigers.

The Rabbitohs could still be fined though after halfback Chris Sandow ran on to collect a football that had rolled onto the field of play late in the game.

Sandow was offthe field with an ankle injury and was practising his drop kicking so he could return if the game was sent into extra-time.

Winger Nathan Merritt saved Sandow the hassle by booting the match-winner in the final seconds to give Souths the victory.

The NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley says Sandow was warming up and went about three metres on the field at the opposite end of the field the play was on.

Annesley says says it's a relatively minor breach and possibly merits a fine.