Wests Tigers star Josh Reynolds has been placed on report after an “indiscriminate kick” caught South Sydney star Campbell Graham in the head, sending the centre for a HIA.
Wests’ David Nofoaluma had broken away for a patented intercept try early in his side’s 18-10 loss against the Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.
But tearing down the field, Nofoaluma lost possession of the ball with Bunnies defenders hot on his back.
The ball bobbled into Reynolds’ path who attempted to keep it alive with an innocent, albeit reckless, kick while backing up the breakaway.
However, It was unfortunate timing as Graham had already committed his body to gathering the ball – and when Reynolds’ boot went flying, it caught the centre square in the forehead.
Souths superstar Latrell Mitchell was livid with what he had seen and took it upon himself to dish out some justice, as he rushed in on Reynolds and put on an off-the-ball hit.
That sparked an all-in brawl that halted play for a matter of minutes as Mitchell and Reynolds went at it at the centre of the fray.
“You think I meant it, d—head? Wake up to yourself, ‘f—wit,” Reynolds was caught spraying at Mitchell over the referee’s mic.
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League great Phil Gould said although Reynolds’ boot looked ugly, it was obvious it was unintentional.
“He’s missed the ball completely and got him right on the forehead,” he said.
“Never at any time did he intend to kick him there, he’s just mistimed his kick on the ball.”
Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns, however, was far less reserved in his assessment.
“He looks knocked out!” Johns said in commentary.
Reynolds was placed on report as was Mitchell for a later high shot on Luke Garner.
“I think the ball was loose on the ground, he was trying to chase it and kick it forward and get the loose ball, so we’ll have to look at it,” Tigers coach Michael Maguire said post-game.
Mitchell placed on report for high hit
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett spoke at the press conference about how he saw the Mitchell incident unfold.
“I didn’t see the [first Mitchell high shot]. I only saw what happened with Campbell Graham on the ground,” he said.
“I thought Campbell was knocked out, it was the first 10 minutes of the game and we were probably going to lose a player to the head-bin. It didn’t look great.
“The second one he caught him high, there’s no doubt about that.
“It’s happened and I can’t do anything about it now. I don’t know about the first one, but the second one was certainly a bit high, but it wasn’t a high grading. I don’t think that will happen, if he gets charged.”