Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Smith facing ban for 'wishbone' tackle on former teammate Kasiano

Smith facing ban for 'wishbone' tackle on former teammate Kasiano

The NRL match review committee cited the Australian captain for a unsafe tackle on former Storm teammate Kevin Proctor in the Storm's 28-14 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. The Storm beat the Titans 28-14.

It went unpunished at the time despite the potentially serious injury to the New Zealand global, with Gold Coast captain Ryan James admitting he was surprised no further action was taken.

Speaking after the game, Smith denied pulling Proctor's leg.

Cameron Smith's tackle on Kevin Proctor.

But the review committee were not impressed with the action citing Smith for the 47th minute tackle, nicknamed the "wishbone tackle" and assessing it as a grade two risky tackle which equals 200 points (a two-game suspension).

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Roosters prop Dylan Napa was charged twice - once for a careless high tackle that drew a fine, and another for risky contact on Afoa in the final minute of the match.

"Just to clarify that (tackle) I didn't pull his leg, I didn't try to pull his leg out", he said at the post-fight press conference.

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan said he hadn't seen the incident closely enough to comment, but James admitted his surprise that it didn't attract further scrutiny.

Melbourne prop Sam Kasiano is in danger of a one-match ban after being deemed to have made risky contact in his tackle of Titans forward Jarrod Wallace.

At one point the Titans were playing with an empty bench. "I'm really proud of the performance, there was plenty of guts shown there".

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