St George Illawarra Dragons forward Tyrell Fuimaono faces lengthy ban for horror tackle that saw opponent out for the season

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.

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.

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