Last defendant of Anzac Day rugby brawl before court

A RUGBY Union veteran who was defending a team mate during an all-in brawl at Rugby Park on Anzac Day stood before a summary trial in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The court heard Brothers second row forward Matthew Pearce, 32, dove into the brawl which broke out after the match to defend team mate David Forrest.

Two brothers who played for opposing team Colts were also previously charged following police video analysis of the brawl.

William and Dylan Tiaaleaiga were both sentenced on charges relating to the incident with William and another brother Anittelea Tiaaleaiga complainants in Pearce's case.

Pearce pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault.

Magistrate Cameron Press reserved his decision for another day.



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