Roosters playmaker Drew Hutchison has been rushed to hospital with a suspected punctured lung and broken ribs in a play that will likely force the NRL into a please explain.
In the final minute of the second half during the Tricolours’ loss to Parramatta, Hutchison copped a nasty shot to the ribs from Dylan Brown, who appeared lead in with the knees while the five-eighth had dived in for a try that was later waved off by the bunker.
However, that same play also saw star fullback James Tedesco cop a nasty high shot due to a shoulder charge from Eels centre Marata Niukore. The Parramatta back was placed on report for the shot on Tedesco, with the Roosters receiving a penalty that resulted in two points as the second half siren sounded.
But what’s left a number of NRL pundits scratching their heads was the bunker missing Brown’s shot on Hutchison, which could’ve been a sin-binning offence, while that same question was also asked of Niukore.
“I could make a case there are two incidents there in the same play that could both be sin bins,” Nine commentator Mat Thompson said.
At the time of the incident, Niukore was only penalised and placed on report, while Brown avoided both.
Roosters officials then asked the question whether they could sub in 18th-man Joseph Suaalii, which was denied due to Brown not being pulled up for the incident with his knees.
Under new NRL rules, teams are instantly allowed to bring in their 18th man if a player is ruled out due to foul play.
Drew Hutchison denied the try in chaotic end to second half
“There were inquires on the sidelines from Roosters officials as to whether they could bring on the 18th man as a result of foul play, but because it was Niukore put on report and not Dylan Brown, they were denied,” Nine’s sideline reporter Danika Mason said.
Queensland rugby league great Darren Lockyer admitted he was left puzzled with the bunker missing Brown’s incident, which he thought was a sin-binning offence.
“I think Parramatta are lucky, it was a penalty. It will be on report and I think he (Niukore) might miss a couple of weeks,” Lockyer.
“And, Dylan Brown should have been sin-binned. It should have been 13 on 12.”
Cronulla great Paul Gallen after the match added: “Dylan Brown was not even put on report, I thought that dead-set that knee was deliberate.
“I thought he was going to get put in report and sent to the sin bin immediately.”
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