Newcastle Knights half-back Trent Hodkinson was sent to the sin bin after claiming referee Dave Munro cost them the game by not policing a scrum effectively.
Trailing by 10 points with 10 minutes left, the Knights had a scrum in an attacking position but South Sydney won it against the feed before been awarded a penalty.
Hodkinson then unleashed an outburst on referee Munro declaring “you just cost us the game.”
The official was having none of it though and Hodkinson was sent to the sin bin and forced to miss the remainder of the game.
Newcastle went onto lose 24-18 in a match that also saw Rabbitohs forward George Burgess yellow carded for an elbow on Mitchell Barnett.