Origin stars cop bans after fiery clash
THE three players charged from last night’s niggling State of Origin match will all miss NRL games this weekend after taking early guilty pleas.
South Sydney captain Greg Inglis will miss the Rabbitohs’ next three games, starting with Friday night’s clash with Brisbane, which will also be without skipper Corey Parker.
Inglis was charged with a grade-two shoulder charge on New South Wales’ Josh Dugan in the 48th minute and will not be back until the Rabbitohs, who are struggling to make the finals, play the Melbourne Storm in round 22.
Parker was charged with dangerous contact after a 72nd-minute elbow to the head of Blues fullback James Tedesco.
Andrew Fifita has been ruled out of the Sharks’ shot at a 14th-straight win against a desperate Roosters on Monday night after making contrary contact with Gavin Cooper.
Fifita came racing in from 30m away to grab the Queensland try scorer around the head and neck in one of Origin’s biggest brain explosions.
The big Sharks forward defended his actions by saying Cooper was giving his great friend Matt Moylan some rough treatment and he didn’t like a big guy roughing up a little guy.
Fortunately for him, the Blues kept Queensland from scoring while he was doing his 10-minute stint in the sin bin.
Cooper incited a scuffle after he scored by throwing the ball at Moylan but Fifita’s effort to race into the melee and grab Cooper in a headlock was totally unnecessary.
“I hate seeing it – and everyone else hates seeing it – when a big fella goes at a little halfback. I grew up with ‘Moyza’ and it’s more of a bond. It’s like a brotherhood between us,” Fifita said post-game. “Fair enough he scored it, but what he did after wasn’t called for. A bit of disrespect.”
The feelings between the two sides intensified with Paul Gallen snubbing Cameron Smith’s presentation speech, and the Queensland players then declaring they would use the disrespect for their captain as motivation to win yet another Origin series next year.