Tigers winger David Nofoaluma believes Latrell Mitchell’s controversial four-week suspension was completely justified and that the Rabbitohs star should have been sin-binned as well.
Nofoaluma copped a stray elbow to the face as he tried to chase the ball with Mitchell taking him out in the Tigers’ 18-14 Round 6 loss to Souths.
Mitchell failed to successfully fight the charge at the judiciary and was hit with a four-game ban, which divided the NRL community, but the man he took out told The Sydney Morning Herald the punishment fit the crime.
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“Yeah, of course it was,” Nofoaluma said when asked if four weeks was warranted.
“I’ll take him in the bin for 10 and I’ll take away the four weeks, I would have been happy with that.
“Because he made a break literally under 10 minutes later … and it changed the game. It would have made a difference.”
The Tigers let slip a 14-6 lead and were beaten by a Tom Burgess try in golden point extra time after one of the craziest finishes in NRL history.
The Mitchell incident is one of several across the competition this season that have seen calls grow to punish players on the field rather than just at the judiciary.
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Roosters coach Trent Robinson called for players to be sin-binned or sent off for foul play after the game’s best player James Tedesco had to leave the Anzac clash early thanks to a high tackle from Jordan Pereira.
Nofoaluma is of the opinion any player put on report should also be put in the sin bin.
“In that instance, I think the referee on the day made the wrong decision and that was unfortunate for us,” Nofoaluma said.
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“It would be tough to be a referee … so I can’t be too harsh on them.
“I’m sure that they’re onto things, but if they’re not, they should be because it plays a big part in players’ physical health.
“I hope going forward that they look at it more closely.”
The Tigers have only won one game this season and sit in 14th place on the ladder going into a Round 8 clash with the Dragons.
Originally published asTigers star sticks the boot in after Latrell suspension
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