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Snakes on a play-ing field: Rugby league game interrupted by lethal pitch invader

Who knew the sidelines could be such a dangerous place.

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NOW THIS IS something you’d never see in Musgrave Park.

In the NRL match between Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys this morning, a poisonous snake slithered onto the sidelines sending fans scurrying for safety.

And with good reason.

The Eastern Brown snake is considered the second most venomous land-snake in the world after the Inland Taipan and a bite from one can result in diarrhoea, dizziness, convulsions, renal failure, paralysis, cardiac arrest and — you guessed it — death.

While there didn’t appear to be a St. Patrick about to help rid the stadium of the unwanted pitch invader, this man tried his best.

The game continued despite the snake and it eventually disappeared from view after about 10 minutes.

The Titans went on to win 13-12 and, thankfully, nobody was bitten.

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