Manly back-rower Karl Lawton will face a nervous wait from the match evaluation committee after he was despatched off for a harmful lifting sort out throughout the Sea Eagles’ 40-22 loss to South Sydney.
Lawton was despatched off contained in the opening 10 minutes when his sort out on Rabbitohs lock Cameron Murray went horribly incorrect.
While Murray was initially nicely grabbed by Lawton, he was then tipped past the horizontal, making for a clumsy touchdown.
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Referee Grant Atkins did not even say a phrase to the previous Titan as he despatched him off, merely pointing to the sideline.
“That might be dangerous … that got a bit out of control that tackle,” stated Nine commentator Mat Thompson.
It was a second that surprised rugby league legends Phil Gould and Brad Fittler whereas reacting to the sort out reside.
Gould stated Lawton may’ve been unfortunate because of the momentum concerned.
“It’s just momentum, no one’s hurt. Settle down,” Gould stated.
Fittler agreed, including: “I’m in support of Gus.”
“I didn’t think at any stage that deserved a send-off.
“You see a whole lot of these gamers get in that scenario and they’re going to drop their heads to the bottom… I assumed that would’ve been an terrible lot worse and I actually cannot consider he is strolling previous me on the sidelines.”
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Fortunately for Murray, he got back up on his feet and played out the remainder of the game.
Gould said he was shocked the send-off was given due to Murray avoiding any serious injury.
“It’s only a momentum sort out, that is all,” Gould explained.
“You’ve received one man working actually exhausting on the different man and he will get down low the place you need him to sort out.
“It’s a little bit of a flip, but to be sent off for that when there’s no injury to the player – I find that extraordinary.”
Reacting to the sort out after the sport, Melbourne Storm legend Cameron Smith recommended a sin-binning would’ve been “sufficient”.
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“I thought 10 minutes in the bin would’ve been sufficient… he’s put in a dangerous position, there’s no doubt about that,” Smith stated on Nine.
“I just thought 10 minutes would’ve been sufficient.
“I do not assume he had any intent in any respect to drop him on his head, I feel that is a sort out that is gone incorrect. I fully agree it finishes in a harmful place… however a send-off?”
Meanwhile, North Queensland great Johnathan Thurston didn’t see eye-to-eye with Smith, declaring the referee made the right decision.
“It’s send-off in my eyes on daily basis of the week,” Thurston responded.
“If that is not a send-off offence, what’s?”
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