A fiery Jarome Luai and Kyle Flanagan have traded headbutts in the Panthers’ 28-0 win over the Bulldogs.

A fiery Jarome Luai and Kyle Flanagan have traded headbutts in the Panthers’ 28-0 win over the Bulldogs.

The youngsters locked horns early in the second half with Trent Barrett’s men chasing down an 18-0 deficit.

Flanagan appeared to take umbrage with something Luai had said, taking the fight to the Panther head-on.

“Look at this Flanagan and Luai nose to nose,” Queensland great Corey Parker said in commentary for Fox Sports. “That’s personal that is.”

Flanagan and Luai go head-to-head. (Twitter)

“Flanagan was one out there he was surrounded by Panthers,” caller Dan Ginnane added.

“Now he is getting a little bit of advice. It was almost an Eskimo kiss.”

While neither player was placed on report, the incident could attract the scrutiny of the match review committee.

Referee Peter Gough issued both men a warning, threatening further action had the incident escalated.

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“You don’t need to touch him,” Gough said to Luai.

“You caused that and if it blows up you would be going as well.”

After the game, however, it was all smiles from Luai who shrugged off the contest.

“Sort of a good personal battle between us,” Luai said. “He’s a good footballer and he came out firing.

“We’re good mates off the field so hopefully he does well this year.”

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