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NRL to investigate Raiders’ Ricky Stuart – as Daniel Tupou suspension for ‘jail time’ head-high shot

NRL to investigate cranky Raiders coach Ricky Stuart over F-bomb blow-up at press conference – as Daniel Tupou faces up to two games out for ‘jail time’ head-high shot

  • Tupou hit with grade-two carless high tackle charge by match review committee 
  • Gets one-match suspension if he pleads guilty, two if he fights charge and loses 
  • Dragons coach Anthony Griffin was dumbfounded that he wasn’t sin-binned 

Daniel Tupou is facing a ban for his high shot on Mikaele Ravalawa, with the NRL having since admitted the Sydney Roosters winger should have been sin-binned for the tackle.

Tupou was on Tuesday charged with a grade-two careless high tackle by the match review committee, in a further blow to the Roosters after their 14-12 loss to St George Illawarra.

The former State of Origin flyer will be able to accept a one-match suspension with an early guilty plea, while that will double to two if he fights it and loses.

NRL boss Andrew Abdo said Daniel Tupou should have been sin-binned for his flagrant high shot on Mikaele Ravalawa (pictured)

NRL boss Andrew Abdo said Daniel Tupou should have been sin-binned for his flagrant high shot on Mikaele Ravalawa (pictured)  

St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin (left, at Monday's ANZAC Day match) said Tupou would have 'got two years in jail' if he'd made the same tackle during the crackdown on foul play in last year's Magic Round

St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin (left, at Monday’s ANZAC Day match) said Tupou would have ‘got two years in jail’ if he’d made the same tackle during the crackdown on foul play in last year’s Magic Round

The incident drew significant headlines after the Anzac Day clash, with Dragons coach Anthony Griffin questioning the consistency in decisions after last year’s crackdown.

“He would have got two years in jail for that in Magic Round last year,” Griffin said.

“He had 30 metres to decide where to tackle him. It was direct contact with the head.

“I don’t understand the rules. At least (should have been put) in the bin.”

NRL boss Andrew Abdo took to radio afterwards to admit he believed Tupou should have been sent to the sin bin.

Intriguingly, Tupou’s charge is equal to that of Warriors player Aaron Pene, who collected Melbourne’s Reimis Smith high on Monday night but was also not sin-binned.

All three other players who have been issued grade-two careless high tackle charges this year have been sin-binned, as well as some grade-one offences.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart was warned for swearing twice last year - and now his mouth might have landed him in hot water again

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart was warned for swearing twice last year – and now his mouth might have landed him in hot water again 

Stuart said 'f*** me dead' during a press conference outburst when he was asked about Panthers fans mocking the Raiders' Viking clap on Sunday (pictured)

Stuart said ‘f*** me dead’ during a press conference outburst when he was asked about Panthers fans mocking the Raiders’ Viking clap on Sunday (pictured)

The NRL is also reviewing footage of Canberra coach Ricky Stuart’s foul-mouthed blow-up in the press conference after his side’s loss to Penrith on Sunday.

Stuart lost his temper when he and captain Jack Wighton were repeatedly asked about Penrith fans mocking the club’s Viking clap during their 36-6 win. 

After saying he had ‘no thoughts’ about the matter, the coach threatened to walk out of the conference and said, ‘Well, if that is all we have got to talk about. F*** me dead.’

Stuart was warned twice last year for swearing, once in a press conference and once on the sidelines.  


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