Round 6 charges: Mitchell facing three charges.
Sun 18 Apr 2021, 12:34 PM
South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell is facing a four-week suspension for striking Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma, and fines for two separate incidents involving Luke Garner in the Rabbitohs dramatic golden point win.
Mitchell has been served a grade 2 dangerous contact (head/neck) charge for collecting Nofoaluma in the face with a backhanded forearm as he looked to defuse a long-range Tigers raid. He made contact with Nofoaluma as he kicked inside for Daine Laurie to score.
The Rabbitohs fullback is facing three games out if he takes the early plea to the Nofoaluma charge, or a month out if he challenges the ban and loses at the judiciary.
A suspension would rub him out of crunch clashes against the Titans, Raiders and Storm.
The Nofoaluma incident was the first of several flashpoints in a tense clash that also saw Mitchell served grade 1 dangerous contact and contrary conduct charges on Garner.
The Tigers were left fuming by Mitchell’s second-half clash with Garner in which he appeared to strike out at him with his boot to shake the back-rower’s grip after his cover tackle.
Garner turned to TV cameras immediately afterwards and indicated Mitchell had made contact with his head.
Mitchell is facing a $1600 fine for the 63rd-minute incident if he pleads guilty due to 20 per cent loading from prior offences, or $2100 if he fights that charge unsuccessful.
The dangerous contact charge stems from Garner’s 44th minute try that put the Tigers ahead, in which Mitchell slid into him afterwards as he grounded the ball.
Garner and Mitchell engaged in some slanging after that incident, with the same $1600 punishment in store for the latter unless he successfully appeals it.
The NRL Bunker cleared Mitchell of lashing out at Garner with his boot at the time, with no penalty awarded for either incident involving the back-rower.
Tigers coach Michael Maguire was unhappy when asked if he expected the Rabbitohs No.1 to face sanction over the flare-up.
“I think Garns ended up copping a boot there at one stage, technology in the game can refer to that,” Maguire said.
"I’d like [the Garner incident] to be dealt with straight away, who knows where the game could have gone with that?
“I do not understand why we don’t use it.”
Garner was also placed on report for a dangerous tackle but not charged, while teammate Zane Musgrove is also facing a $1500 fine for his grade one, careless high tackle on Mark Nicholls.