EbeneNews – AU – Eye gouge claim, ACL hit for Bulldogs as Panthers go wild



    An alleged glance by Canterbury’s Luke Thompson helicopter at James Tamou eclipsed Penrith’s imperative 42-0 victory on Saturday as he lifted the JJ Giltinan Shield for the first time since 2003

    Bulldogs winger Jayden Okunbor also suffered a suspected ACL rupture and second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner was helped with a leg injury in a bitter end to their campaign at ANZ Stadium

    Panthers second rower Kurt Capewell and center Brent Naden won the double in the eight-down rout to help the team coached by Ivan Cleary warm up to the finals in style

    But the Thompson incident was the topic of discussion The Englishman was reported by referee Henry Perenara in the 15th minute after Penrith captain Tamou filed a complaint

    Replays on Fox League showed the Test forward’s right hand on Tamou’s face as he struggled to tackle his opposing forward rower to the ground

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney

    If charged and convicted, Thompson would likely be in an extended hiatus given Canberra’s Hudson Young was banned from an eight-game ban for gouging his eyes out at the end of last season after serving five games for a similar act earlier in the year

    Former Rabbitoh George Burgess was also banned for nine games for being the victim of a peek in 2019 Thompson, who joined the St Helens Bulldogs in June, underscored his worth by recording more than 180 meters in a solid performance

    There was a mix of party and sentiment in the air to start the shock Penrith basked in the glory of his minor prime ministerial post, after scoring the feat with a win over the Cowboys last week , while Canterbury, 15th, bid farewell to a group of players

    Solid mainstay Aiden Tolman, unwanted by the Bulldogs next season, has been denied the chance to play in a 276th game for the club due to a calf injury during warm-up

    Kerrod Holland, Sauaso Sue and Jack Cogger made their last appearances in blue and white as injured Kieran Foran, who will join Manly next year, look on,

    It was announced this week that longtime referee Gavin Badger will not be selected as an NRL match official in 2021 and he has stepped down as linesman

    Penrith rested fullback Dylan Edwards, as well as second rower Viliame Kikau and center Stephen Crichton, but Daine Laurie didn’t miss a beat as he slid into the No1 jumper

    The 21-year-old speedster set up winger Brian To’o’s opening try in the sixth minute as the Panthers took control after a 40/20 kick from Cogger

    Capewell took over as Kikau and helped himself double up on either side of Naden’s first try The score dropped to 24-0 at halftime as Canterbury was reasonably tough in defense for the first half -hour

    Capewell’s first touchdown came in the 31st minute thanks to a clever grubber from the exceptional five-eighth Jarome Luai, who then sent Naden out after splitting the line

    Naden went on to become supplier for Capewell, kicking the field after Nathan Cleary put him in space with a nice cut-out pass. Winger Josh Mansour started the party in the second term with a 54th minute try before Naden passed a deflected Cleary grubber

    Matt Burton, coming off the bench and playing center when May moved to hooker after Api Koroisau rested early, fueled by a short ball from Luai in the 66th minute

    Thompson was ruled to strike as he attempted to barge in to try and kill Tamou walked away from Thompson to claim the last try under the posts

    Young Bulldogs outside full-back Tui Katoa made their debut after Okunbor left in the 25th minute Faitala-Mariner’s afternoon was cut short in the middle of the second half

    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, National Rugby League, Luke Thompson, James Tamou

    EbeneNews – AU – Eye gouge claim, blow to the Bulldogs as the Panthers go wild

    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com


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