Queensland NRL player Tom Flegler has been charged with a grade-two careless high tackle from his hit on Tom Trbojevic‘s which caused concussion. Flegler was given a 10-minute sin-bin for his high shot on Trbojevic in the 69th minute but can escape with just a $3900 fine – or 13% of his $30,000 match fee – with an early plea. The only other charges include a crusher tackle on Josh Addo-Carr by Reuben Cotter and Walsh’s hair pulling of Jarome Luai.
Trbojevic displayed category-one symptoms after Flegler’s hit and hence can not participate in a game for 11 days, a period that includes Friday’s fixture between Manly and the Dolphins. As a result, NSW coach Brad Fittler is left with a decision to make about sticking with Trbojevic or switching Stephen Crichton to his preferred position with Latrell Mitchell anticipated to return from injury at left-center.
Fittler’s decision ultimately rests on the closure of Alex Johnston‘s hamstring injury and Addo-Carr’s forearm incident against Reece Walsh. Addo-Carr could not escape without inspection by MRC, but he received no sanction. Fittler himself has publicly expressed his concerns regarding Walsh’s hair pulling incident by deeming it unacceptable in sportsmanship.
Queensland Rugby League is expected to receive a heavy penalty for fielding a 14th man for up to 30 seconds in the Origin game when Lindsay Collins took the field when back-rower Tom Gilbert had yet not left the field with a dislocated shoulder. Panthers forward Liam Martin also received five stitches to a nasty cut above his right eye, while Selwyn Cobbo had to ice his hip flexor but would play in the upcoming Broncos games.