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Thursday, 13 June 2019

'Dangerous' Fifita tackle could be Tonga's loss


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Tonga and Cronulla star Andrew Fifita is in danger of missing the international Test against New Zealand after being charged for a "totally unnecessary" crusher tackle on Canberra's Ryan Sutton.

The Cronulla prop was on Friday charged for a crusher tackle on Canberra's Ryan Sutton by the NRL match review committee.

Fifita fell on the Raiders back-rower's head as he lay on the ground during a tackle, bending his neck forward in the 8th minute.

He was hit with a grade two dangerous contact - head/neck charge and will miss two weeks if he accepts the early guilty plea.

However he risks missing three weeks if he takes his case to the judiciary and loses.

“That’s dangerous,” said Nine's Andrew Johns.

“That’s totally unnecessary,” Queensland legend Paul Vautin chimed in.

“Just a lack of discipline. Sutton’s on the deck, the tackle’s finished and he just jumped on him,” he added.

Fifita's only chance of taking part in next Saturday's Mt Smart Stadium clash is if he takes his case to the judiciary next week and fights the charge, which he could most definitely consider doing considering how much he loves playing for Tonga.

The charge carries a base penalty of 300 points which equates to a three-game ban. However, Fifita will miss two games (225 points) with an early plea.

Fifita was on Thursday one of 22 players named in Kristian Woolf's Mate Ma'a squad but now looks set to be sidelined for the clash.

Tonga will still boast a formidable forward pack featuring the likes of Jason Taumalolo, Tevita Pangai Jnr and Addin Fonua-Blake.

-with AAP

Tonga and Cronulla star Andrew Fifita is in danger of missing the international Test against New Zealand after being charged for a "totally unnecessary" crusher tackle on Canberra's Ryan Sutton.

The Cronulla prop was on Friday charged for a crusher tackle on Canberra's Ryan Sutton by the NRL match review committee.

Fifita fell on the Raiders back-rower's head as he lay on the ground during a tackle, bending his neck forward in the 8th minute.

He was hit with a grade two dangerous contact - head/neck charge and will miss two weeks if he accepts the early guilty plea.

However he risks missing three weeks if he takes his case to the judiciary and loses.

“That’s dangerous,” said Nine's Andrew Johns.

“That’s totally unnecessary,” Queensland legend Paul Vautin chimed in.

“Just a lack of discipline. Sutton’s on the deck, the tackle’s finished and he just jumped on him,” he added.

Fifita's only chance of taking part in next Saturday's Mt Smart Stadium clash is if he takes his case to the judiciary next week and fights the charge, which he could most definitely consider doing considering how much he loves playing for Tonga.

The charge carries a base penalty of 300 points which equates to a three-game ban. However, Fifita will miss two games (225 points) with an early plea.

Fifita was on Thursday one of 22 players named in Kristian Woolf's Mate Ma'a squad but now looks set to be sidelined for the clash.

Tonga will still boast a formidable forward pack featuring the likes of Jason Taumalolo, Tevita Pangai Jnr and Addin Fonua-Blake.

-with AAP

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