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Mafi and Timani fined by Melbourne Rebels for Dunedin fight

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Melbourne Rebels has fined Super Rugby players Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani for a physical altercation between the pair after the Rebels' loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.

The Rebels said in a statement Tuesday it had handed down the maximum financial sanction of $15,000 ($11,150 USD) it was able to under its disciplinary rules after Mafi and Timani's conduct had `breached team protocols and team management instructions.'

Mafi has also been charged with a criminal offence and appeared in court on Monday. The Japan international's case has been adjourned by the Dunedin District Court until Aug. 3.