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Tamou taking over judiciary, Dragons duo face hefty bans, Dearden cops low blow, Tapine ‘finest ahead’


Wests Tigers captain James Tamou will entrance the NRL judiciary in a bid to play once more this season after being charged for his verbal assault on referee Ben Cummins.

Tamou was sin-binned for dissent late within the Sydney Roosters’ 72-6 thrashing of the Tigers however had his penalty upgraded to a send-off for calling Cummins “f****** incompetent” as he left the sphere.

The match assessment committe handed Tamou a grade-three opposite conduct cost and, whereas he has pleaded responsible to opposite conduct, he’ll search to have his ban downgraded from two matches to 1 on Tuesday evening.

Accepting the two-match ban may have spelt the top of Tamou’s NRL profession, given he’s uncontracted for 2023 and shall be 34 by the point the brand new season begins.

If profitable in securing a downgrade, Tamou may play within the last-placed Tigers’ ultimate match of their season in opposition to Canberra.

James Tamou of the Tigers speaks with the referee

James Tamou of the Tigers speaks with the referee. (Photograph by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Photographs)

Tamou’s counsel seems possible to make use of his post-match apology to Cummins as grounds for a downgrading.

NRL captains aren’t required to attend post-match press conferences however a crestfallen Tamou fronted the media to take accountability for his actions on Saturday evening.

“I’ve let everybody down. I’ve let myself down. I’m embarrassed,” he informed reporters.

“I’ve acquired 4 youngsters at residence and that’s how they’re going to see that their dad acts.”

Whereas he’s at the moment in talks to increase his profession by no less than one other yr, the premiership-winning prop conceded post-match that the sledge could have ended his profession.

“I didn’t consider that till somebody simply talked about it. My coronary heart dropped,” he stated.

Molo dealing with five-game ban

St George Illawarra are set to lose two extra gamers for the remainder of their NRL season after the match assessment committee charged Francis Molo and Moses Mbye with unlawful tackles made in opposition to Gold Coast.

Molo turned the primary Dragons participant to be despatched off this season when he hit Titans again Patrick Herbert with a excessive sort out as he ran the ball again from a kick-off.

The hit required Herbert to depart the sphere late within the second half however Dragons coach Anthony Griffin stated at first look he didn’t really feel it warranted a ship off. “I used to be shocked, however I’d must have one other take a look at it,” Griffin stated submit match.

Molo has copped a grade-three careless excessive sort out cost, which might usually carry a three-match ban with an early responsible plea.

However given the prop is a repeat offender, he’ll sit 4 video games out, or 5 if he unsuccessfully fights his cost on the judiciary.

Mbye was permitted to stay on the sphere and was not penalised regardless of hitting Phillip Sami with what the match assessment committee has deemed a grade-two careless excessive sort out.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook was shocked Mbye escaped scrutiny on-field after the sort out, which occurred early within the sport. “I don’t need to touch upon the ship off,” he stated. “I’m extra frightened about not getting a penalty on the primary or second sort out of the sport.”

Mbye can settle for a two-match ban, or threat having his ban upgraded to 3 by difficult his cost.  Mbye was already wanting an opportunity to overlook sport time with a hamstring damage that required him to depart the sphere halfway via the primary half.

Molo and Mbye are set to hitch teammate Tariq Sims in being suspended for the ultimate fortnight of the season. Melbourne-bound Sims has been rubbed out since hitting Cronulla’s Connor Tracey excessive in spherical 21.

Dragons ahead Josh McGuire was handed a grade one harmful contact cost after the Titans sport however can escape suspension with a $1000 superb.

Dearden cops low blow

North Queensland’s hopes of hanging onto second spot have copped a low blow with playmaker Tom Dearden till the finals after needing surgical procedure to restore a ruptured testicle.

Dearden suffered the painful damage within the 48-4 rout of the Warriors in Townsville on Friday evening and won’t function on this Saturday’s essential conflict with Souths at Accor Stadium or the final-round fixture in opposition to premiers Penrith.

The Cowboys must win each video games to make sure they host their opening playoff sport by ending second forward of the fast-finishing Sharks and Storm.

Dearden, who made his debut for Queensland in Origin III, isn’t any certainty to be proper for the primary week of the finals though the membership is hopeful he’ll be capable of return in Spherical 25 in opposition to the Panthers.

His absence means Scott Drinkwater will possible revert to the halves alongside Chad Townsend with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow incomes a call-up from the interchange at fullback.

The Rabbitohs are set to obtain a lift for his or her showdown with the Cowboys with Tom Burgess (groin) and Kodi Nikorima (hamstring) more likely to be obtainable.

Seventh-placed Souths may nonetheless drop out of the finals if they’ll’t beat the Cowboys or Roosters within the closing rounds.

Brisbane’s possibilities of qualifying for the finals hinge on Thursday’s residence conflict with Parramatta and they’re sweating on the health of second-rower Kurt Capewell, who limped off with an ankle damage within the heavy loss to Melbourne on Friday.

Tapine finest ahead in NRL: Starling

Canberra hooker Tom Starling has declared his teammate Joe Tapine the most effective ahead within the NRL after the prop helped to arrange the strive that stored their season alive.

The Raiders and Newcastle had been locked up at 22 factors apiece within the ultimate 10 minutes on Sunday when Josh Papalii broke the road and related with Tapine.

Nonetheless with work to do, Tapine ducked round Anthony Milford and drew in two defenders earlier than lobbing an overarm go to Jack Wighton, who dived over to attain.

The essential strive help allowed the Raiders to stretch out to a six-point lead that finally sealed victory and stored them in contact with the highest eight approaching the final fortnight of the common season.

Tapine is having simply as spectacular a yr on the stats sheet: he’s ranked within the high three amongst props for offloads and sort out busts and has run for extra metres than any front-rower this season, including 175 extra to his tally on Sunday.

“He’s the most effective ahead within the comp for the time being,” Starling stated after the Raiders’ 28-22 win. “I don’t assume anybody can argue with that. He’s had a hell of a season and he’s solely going to maintain getting higher.”

Tapine missed his first sport of the season in spherical 22 after struggling a rib damage the week prior.

Because the Raiders’ finals hopes hung within the stability, Tapine left the sphere in seen discomfort in opposition to Penrith.

“The primary three days I used to be in a little bit of ache and I dominated myself out for 3 weeks,” Tapine stated with fun. “However I got here good after every week, so I’m glad.”

The Raiders shall be glad he did; the Penrith pack monstered Canberra’s after Tapine left the sphere however in his first sport again in opposition to Newcastle, the script was flipped.

Tapine stated his type had come on the again of rising up and taking a unique method to his work.

“I’ve matured a bit,” he stated. “I feel I’m a bit extra skilled (with) every thing within the week: prep, coaching, eating regimen, every thing that goes into being a footy participant.

“It’s loads of issues mixed, I can’t put it down to 1 factor. I’m proud of my efficiency and I’ve acquired to continue to grow.”



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