Yet one more slapping controversy erupted because the Panthers trumped the Storm on Friday night time with Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai accusing an opponent of slapping him within the head.
Luai, who had already been reported for a separate incident through which he collected Nelson Asofa-Solomona excessive, was within the thick of a scuffle after combining with Stephen Crichton and Sunia Turuva to gang-tackle Storm centre Marion Seve into contact within the BlueBet Stadium conflict, which Penrith finally received 26-6.
After the second-half melee ended, an infuriated Luai was heard making a slapping accusation to referee Adam Gee.
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“I acquired slapped within the head,” he repeated twice.
Panthers teammate Scott Sorensen may very well be heard saying “oi, oi, chill out” in an tried to chill Luai down.
“It is your ball. Do not run the danger of the rest,” he stated.
“Yeah oath it is our ball,” Luai shot again.
The accusation got here on the identical night time Warriors ahead Marata Niukore was sin-binned for slapping Titans famous person David Fifita.
Knights firebrand Jack Hetherington has additionally been sin-binned twice for slapping this season.
Luai had an evening to recollect for his aspect, scoring a attempt within the win, whereas Brian To’o crossed for a double and Crichton additionally went over.
The Panthers once more confirmed how sturdy their defence is, and have solely conceded 242 factors for the season. Subsequent greatest is Brisbane with 351.
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They do have some considerations out of the match with Dylan Edwards and To’o visibly combating accidents.
Luai was reported after his proper shoulder made contact with Asofa-Solomona’s head early within the second half.
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Penrith Ivan Cleary was uncertain how it might go down.
“I’ve solely seen the one angle. I am not too certain. It is somewhat fly towards a giant big. I dunno. We’ll simply wait and see,” he stated.
Melbourne ahead Josh King was additionally placed on report within the first half.
Subsequent week Penrith will play Manly on Thursday whereas Melbourne will meet Canberra on Saturday.
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