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Gold Coast fined $5000 for fielding 14th player in win over Canberra Raiders

The NRL have hit Gold Coast with a $5000 fine for fielding a 14th man in their 24-20 win over Canberra on Saturday.

The NRL issued the Titans with a breach notice and the fine on Sunday after David Shillington entered the field of play in the second half at Canberra Stadium for about five seconds in a bid to replace Tyrone Roberts, who was still on the field as he was being taken off with a knee injury.

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Shillington was briefly in Gold Coast's defensive line as they were defending their own try line. But after realising the mistake, the prop retreated behind the in-goal line in the 48th minute and had no impact on play.

"While it did not impact significantly on the game, we do take matters of this nature seriously. Ultimately, the responsibility for ensuring there are 13 players on the field at any one time rests with the club," NRL football operations manager Nathan McGuirk said.

"Based on the fact, we see this as an offence of a relatively minor nature, and we believe that a $5000 breach notice is an appropriate."

Shillington, who left the Raiders to join Gold Coast this year, declined to comment on the incident on Sunday morning before the verdict was handed down.