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South Sydney under investigation after trade mistake against Broncos

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The NRL is investigating a trade error that left the Rabbitohs momentarily with 14 players on the field against the Broncos on Friday night.

The Rabbitohs beat competition leaders Brisbane 32-6 with dominating performances from Latrell Mitchell and Campbell Graham laying the groundwork for a solid win.

But they will have to respond to the NRL after finding out there was a miscommunication which led to them having an extra player on the pitch.

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News Corp reports that Souths had 14 players on the court for a maximum of 30 seconds, which equates to about two to three plays in possession for the 22-6 score.

At this point in the match, Brisbane were down to just 12 players after Herbie Farnworth was booked for tripping.

The Rabbitohs made their third and fourth substitutions at the same time in the 53rd minute, with Davvy Moale and Jai Arrow entering the pitch.

Moale replaced Tevita Tatola without incident, but Arrow and replacement Tom Burgess were both on the pitch at the same time.

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Replays showed Burgess taking a hit with Arrow in frame. Burgess is then quickly expelled from the field.

The NRL will ask for a full report from the ground manager and the exchange manager to understand how it happened.

The infraction is considered minor and the Rabbitohs should not lose any competition points.

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