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Wild NRL Game Sees Referee Dish Out Four Sin Bins In Two Minutes

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Wild NRL Game Sees Referee Dish Out Four Sin Bins In Two Minutes

The Gold Coast Titans absolutely dismantled the Warriors to book their spot in the NRL Finals, but the game wasn't without some niggle.

With the contest heating up midway through the second half, tensions really boiled over on a couple of occasions, so much so that the referee was forced to put FOUR players in the sin bin within the space of two minutes.

At one point, the Warriors had just 10 men on the field.

They went on to lose 44-0.

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The first incident saw Jazz Tevaga cop 10 in the bin for charging in to confront Philip Sami after he dragged a Warriors player into touch.

Reece Walsh was the first to react, grabbing Sami by the collar and wrestling him to the ground.

Sami eventually picked himself up off the turf and clapped sarcastically towards Walsh.

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This didn't sit well with Walsh's teammate Tevaga who ran in from miles away and tackled Sami.

After reviewing the incident, the referee wasted no time in sending Tevaga to the bin as his appeals fell on deaf ears.

Less than two minutes later, it kicked off again - only this time there was punches thrown.

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With the Titans mounting a dangerous attack, Tyron Peachey released a quick short ball to one of his teammates but was cleaned up heavily by Matt Lodge.

The Titans players took exception to this and confronted the Warriors forward.

But as players from both teams rushed in, Kane Evans appeared to clock Jarrod Wallace with a swinging right hand.

The brawl was eventually defused as a number of players waited anxiously to see what punishment they'd be slapped with.

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Lodge and Wallace were sent to the sin bin, Lodging even flipping off the home fans on the Gold Coast while making his way from the field.

As for Evans, he also copped 10 minutes on the sideline but could be hit with a lengthy ban for striking an opponent.

"I think the rugby league community would agree we've held a pretty good account of ourselves (for the past two years)," Warriors head coach Nathan Brown said.

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"But today we had players that took shortcuts, and our behaviour on the field was not acceptable.

"So a lot of hard work that's been done by those boys can come tumbling down, and now you sort of feel two years of sacrifice and hard work, and you finish your last game in a manner that's not acceptable.

"As a head coach you've got to take the brunt of that responsibility."

The incidents, as well as a few others dotted throughout the season, leaves a couple of ill-disciplinedWarriors players sweating over their futures at the club.

"I'm not going to single any person out," Brown added.

"We didn't prep well on Tuesday... it was a short week, the two points weren't going to do anything for us... we had people that looked to take short cuts on the field.

"And then our behaviour was not to the level that it should be. It's disappointing, but today aside, I would also commend the boys for the sacrifices that so many of them have made.

"But it doesn't excuse what we did today.

"What we saw today, when you see that happen, those things have to be addressed because you can't ignore it.

"You certainly don't want it to happen again.

"That's the main disappointment for me, we've competed pretty well most times this year. We've conducted ourselves pretty well under more difficult circumstances than anybody else.

"But today's performance... the club built a lot of credibility up over the last couple of years and when you see what you saw today, it makes you feel a bit flat to be honest."

Featured Image Credit: Fox League

Topics: Rugby League, nrl, Australia

Max Sherry
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