In scenes described as "primitive", a wild brawl has broken out at a Papua New Guinea rugby league semi final at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

The Digicel Cup match, which saw the Agmark Gurias triumph 19-12 over the Mount Hagen Eagles, was marred when an Eagles official ran onto the field at fulltime and punched a referee.

The official's actions sparked Eagles fans to swarm the field throwing bottles and chairs at the referees and opposition players.

PNG's sports minister Justin Tkatchenko has since called for the offenders to be banned for life.


"The primitive and the uneducated action of the Hagen Eagles officials and supporters must be condemned at the highest level," Tkatchenko told Pasifik News.

"I will be directing in the strongest terms that the officials involved be banned for life from ever participating in rugby league again and that a criminal investigation be carried out to arrest those that assaulted the umpires and players."