18 Jul 2013

Streaker faces lifetime ban

7:55 am on 18 July 2013

The streaker who disrupted the final stages of Wednesday night's State of Origin decider faces a lifetime ban from the venue.

The man removed his clothing and ran almost the length of the field at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, tripping just short of the tryline in an adventure which cost Queensland a try two minutes from fulltime.

It was only after he fell that security managed to catch hold of the invader. NRL officials believe it is the same man who ran onto the field when Wests Tigers played the Warriors in an NRL finals game in 2011.

NSW back-rower Ryan Hoffman was impeded as he tripped over the man, Matt Scott scoring only to have what would have been his first Origin try and the match-winner taken off him.

The man faces a fine of up to $A5500 and possible lifetime ban from the venue.

His action did not affect the result but could have had untold impact had the Blues managed to somehow snatch victory late in the game, AAP reports.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga could afford to laugh off the incident, but it would have been very different had his side been trailing at the time. "It was disruptive, it cost us a try," he said. "It's silly, it's ridiculous that it does happen in modern sport."

The Maroons were awarded a scrum feed after the intervention of the video referee, which all but killed off NSW's chances of snatching a late try.

"It was tough for us because of the ruling at the time," NSW skipper Robbie Farah said. "It was fourth or fifth tackle and they got the scrum feed with a full set of six with only two or three minutes left in the game. It wasn't ideal for us."

Stadium spokesperson Arthur Stanley said the offender could face further sanctions. "There is a possibly he could be charged with a number of other offences including resisting arrest and entering the field of play but that's still to be determined."