Sharks enforcer Royce Hunt was given his marching orders for an alleged punch that “barely repositioned that red goatee” of Raiders ahead Corey Horsburgh.
With half-hour left within the conflict, Horsburgh held his opposing prop again after a scrum, pushing Hunt who landed on his again.
Horsburgh had been pestering Hunt for majority of the match and the Sharks prop misplaced his cool, hanging the Raiders enforcer in again play.
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“He was holding me and then pushed me over, he was holding me in the scrum literally the whole time,” Hunt stated to referee Ashley Klein.
“I understand that okay, we’ve missed that element of it, but you’ve gone and struck him,” Klein stated.
“You’ve taken everything out of our hands so you’re going to go in the bin for striking”.
The Raiders have been capable of orchestrate a strive after Hunt charged again at Horsburgh in backplay.
Centre Matt Timoko charged by the gaping gap left by Hunt, getting his facet inside 10 metres earlier than Horsburgh crashed over subsequent to the posts.
‘Big red’ gave Hunt a mouthful whereas celebrating his second four-pointer and Fox League’s Cooper Cronk defined the scuffle led to the essential strive.
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“This is it here in the back play, Corey Horsburgh has pushed him over and Royce Hunt has come up and said ‘let’s dance’ and Royce Hunt must have throw a punch – is that it there?” Cronk stated.
“Essentially that made the break… and Corey Horsburgh gets one back on the Sharks front-rower because he lets him know about it by scoring that try.
“Ultimately it cost Royce Hunt 10 in the bin and the Sharks are under pressure again.”
Fox League sideline reporter Matt Russell added: “It wasn’t much of a punch, barely repositioned that red goatee of Corey Horsburgh as Hunt lashed out, but still I suppose technically it was a punch.”
Speaking on the Matty Johns present post-match, Horsburgh stated the scuffle was all “good fun”.
“Just a bit of good banter, he slapped me in the face so I pushed him over, then he gave me one, and then I called him a few mean words, good fun, I love it,” Horsburgh stated.
Source web site: www.foxsports.com.au