League captain banned for two

The captain of a Gold Coast rugby league team has been banned from playing or coaching for two years after pleading guilty to handling a referee in an aggressive manner.

Southport Tigers captain Dean Scott grabbed the shirt of referee Ian Bennett after a heated match with the Cudgen Hornets on June 30.

The video taped incident was described as disgraceful by Group 18 officials and led to calls for better security for referees from the NSW Country Rugby League Referees Association.