Sharks enforcer Royce Hunt was given his marching orders for an alleged punch that “barely repositioned that pink goatee” of Raiders ahead Corey Horsburgh.
With half-hour left within the conflict, Horsburgh held his opposing prop again after a scrum, pushing Hunt who landed on his again.
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Horsburgh had been pestering Hunt for majority of the match and the Sharks prop misplaced his cool, hanging the Raiders enforcer in again play.
“He was holding me after which pushed me over, he was holding me within the scrum actually the entire time,” Hunt stated to referee Ashley Klein.
“I perceive that okay, we’ve missed that factor of it, however you’ve gone and struck him,” Klein stated.
“You’ve taken all the pieces out of our fingers so that you’re going to go within the bin for hanging”.
The Raiders have been in a position to orchestrate a attempt after Hunt charged again at Horsburgh in backplay.
Centre Matt Timoko charged by way of the gaping gap left by Hunt, getting his aspect inside 10 metres earlier than Horsburgh crashed over subsequent to the posts.
‘Huge pink’ gave Hunt a mouthful whereas celebrating his second four-pointer and Fox League’s Cooper Cronk defined the scuffle led to the essential attempt.
“That is it right here within the again play, Corey Horsburgh has pushed him over and Royce Hunt has come up and stated ‘let’s dance’ and Royce Hunt will need to have throw a punch – is that it there?” Cronk stated.
“Basically that made the break… and Corey Horsburgh will get one again on the Sharks front-rower as a result of he lets him learn about it by scoring that attempt.
“Finally it value Royce Hunt 10 within the bin and the Sharks are underneath stress once more.”
Fox League sideline reporter Matt Russell added: “It wasn’t a lot of a punch, barely repositioned that pink goatee of Corey Horsburgh as Hunt lashed out, however nonetheless I suppose technically it was a punch.”
Talking on the Matty Johns present post-match, Horsburgh stated the scuffle was all “good enjoyable”.
“Only a bit of excellent banter, he slapped me within the face so I pushed him over, then he gave me one, after which I referred to as him a number of imply phrases, good enjoyable, I like it,” Horsburgh stated.
In the meantime, Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon was clearly indignant along with his prop for retaliating and stated he “received it mistaken”.
Nonetheless, Fitzgibbon was shocked the Raiders weren’t additionally punished for Horsburgh’s ways.
“You may’t simply maintain onto somebody from the again of a scrum, push them over… however you may’t do what Royce did so it ought to have been picked up by somebody earlier than Royce retaliated,” Fitzgibbon stated within the post-match press convention.
“Royce shouldn’t have retaliated like that, particularly not whereas we have been defending our aim line.
“So Royce will get a lesson in that however you may’t maintain somebody again from a scrum, push them over then get away scot free whereas we lose Royce for 10 minutes.”
Initially printed as ‘Referred to as him a number of imply phrases’: Raiders enforcer’s hilarious response after Sharks sin bin