Nathan Brown, a forward for the Roosters, is set to potentially miss a single match, following an early send-off in NRL history — deemed one of the fastest ever. This action arose from a high shot he delivered during the match.
The NRL match review committee slapped Brown with a grade two careless high tackle charge on Friday morning. The charge was in relation to an aggressive high shot that Brown delivered to Manly’s Ben Trbojevic in the first minute after Brown entered the field.
The implication of this charge is that should Brown accept an early guilty plea, he will miss the impending clash between the Roosters and the Dolphins. However, if he decides to contest the decision at the judiciary and fails, he will face a two-match suspension.
Brown, who joined the Roosters midway through the season after featuring in the Grand Final the previous year for Parramatta, is the first player to be sent off since Newcastle’s Jacob Saifiti was dismissed in round two.
Roosters‘ coach, Trent Robinson, voiced his criticism regarding the decision after the game. He stated, “When was the last send-off? Do we remember? We’ve had high tackles, we’ve had shoulder charges, we’ve had all of that,” he noted. “It was a high tackle. He hit him in the neck. It had no effect on [Trbojevic].
Robinson continued, expressing disappointment about the decision by suggesting that Trbojevic seemed to shrug off the hit almost immediately, “He got up and elbowed pretty quickly straight after that, which wasn’t cited and went unpunished. You don’t want to see it, and I don’t think it’s great for Ben. There’s so much worse than that that happens in the game. But that gets sent off?
The coach concluded by pointing out past incidents where heavy concussions resulted from high tackles, where no dismissals took place, he said, “Guys have been heavily concussed from high tackles and nothing happened there tonight.”
As the Roosters press ahead, they are now in the position of needing to win all four of their remaining matches to maintain any hope of qualifying for the finals. This comes following their recent victory over the Sea Eagles at the SCG.