St George Illawarra Dragons forward Tyrell Fuimaono could be handed a ban of up to seven matches for an incident that left Parramatta winger Haze Dunster with a season-ending knee injury.
Fuimaono is looking at a lengthy ban for his hip-drop tackle on Dunster, with the match review committee issuing a grade three dangerous contact charge against the St George man.
It is Fuimaono’s fifth charge in the past two years which means that he will receive a five-match ban for an early guilty plea or seven matches if he appeals to a judiciary hearing and loses.
Haze Dunster off with nasty looking left knee injury. Main concern for MCL injury (several weeks recovery) with tackler coming down on outside of knee, unfortunately the traumatic nature of the tackle also brings risk to the ACL (several months). Fingers crossed for him pic.twitter.com/ACXZXWwdBM
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) February 20, 2022
The tackle really doesn’t make for good showing.
There has been a recent clampdown by referees and judiciary panels on both sides of the world, with Super League also issuing a warning about tackle techniques with hefty bans handed to the likes of Leeds Rhinos star James Bentley and Catalans Dragons forward Dylan Napa.
It remains to be seen whether or not the current crackdown will continue as, last year, the NRL decided to ease pressure on their referees midway through the season after being very strict in the opening exchanges of the 2021 season.