Taumalolo charged, Carrigan brought to justice, Hastings ankle broken, Cleary, Burgess banned, Tapine fined

Broncos star Patrick Carrigan was taken straight to NRL justice for a hip tackle and faces a lengthy suspension in a blow to Brisbane’s hopes of finishing the season in the top four.

Interim Coach Brett Kimmorley described it as a “horrible” tackle on jackson hastings in Saturday night’s Suncorp Stadium stoush won by the Tigers.

Hastings limped off and the Tigers confirmed he broke his ankle and won’t play again until 2023.

Cowboys star Jason Taumalolo could be banned for two weeks if he disputes a level one shoulder charge violation, but can escape with a $3,000 fine. He timed the Dragons prop Blake Lawrie in the 64th minute of Sunday’s win at Kogarah.

St George Illawarra Striker Jaydn Su’A ($1,800 to $2,500 for contrary conduct) and Knights veteran Anthony Milford ($1,500 to $2,000 for a shoulder charge) were the only other players charged from Sunday’s games and have until noon Tuesday to enter a plea.

The panther star Nathan Clear accepted an early guilty plea for his dangerous tackle on Parramatta’s Dylan Brown and will miss the rest of the regular season.

Elsewhere, South Sydney will be without Tom Burgess for next week’s game against the Warriors after being hit by a reckless sophomore charge. He avoided the risk of a two-game ban if he contested the charge.

Cleary’s ejection condemned the Panthers to their second loss of the season on Friday night and the next day he was offered a five-game ban.

Jackson Hastings. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Kimmorley was furious over the Carrigan incident.

“I thought the tackle was a pretty ordinary tackle,” Kimmorley said. “It’s something that has crept into the game a bit and needs to be dealt with because it’s an awful tackle and the result can be really bad.”

Carrigan applied pressure to Hastings’ lower leg in the tackle. He avoided sin bin on Saturday evening but was brought directly to justice on Sunday without having the possibility of pleading guilty.

On Tuesday night, he will appear before the two-man court panel which may consider the severity of Hastings’ injury to determine Carrigan’s punishment.

Carrigan is in career-best form and any long-term suspension could jeopardize the Broncos’ hopes of a top-four finish and a double chance in the final series.

With the loss to the Tigers, Brisbane slipped to fifth but have the same number of competition points as the teams directly above and below them on the ladder.

With Luke Brooks outside for 4-5 more weeks with a calf strain, Jock Madden and Adam Doueihi should be the Tigers’ halves for the final five rounds.

Cleary’s ban means the Panthers will now be without their two first-choice point guards for at least a month, with five eighths Jarome Luai racing against the clock to be back from an MCL injury before the end of the regular season.

Burgess has become the first South Sydney player to be sent off since Jaiman Lowe in 2007 after the tackle on Cronulla Ronaldo Mulitalo in extra time of the Sharks’ golden point win.

Having already been penalized three times in the game, Burgess received his marching orders in overtime, opening the door for the Sharks to capitalize on the extra-man advantage and seal the win with a field goal.

Burgess accepted a one-game ban with an initial guilty plea shortly after the charges were announced on Sunday.

Canberra Accessory Joseph Tapin escaped suspension for allegedly hitting Gold Coast Aaron Booth but was charged with contrary conduct for his role in starting a brawl between the parties on Saturday.

Arbitrator Ben Cummins sent Tapine to the trash just before halftime after appearing to punch Booth, who Tapine claimed had targeted him with a cannonball tackle.

But the bunker referee Kasey Badger erased the contact and only Tapine was punished on the field. Tapine accepted a fine of $1,000.

Manly newbie Alfred Smalley pleaded guilty early to earn a one-match ban for a high tackle on the Roosters’ rake Sam Verrills while Egan Boucher is also ruled out of Round 21 after taking a reckless sophomore tackle charge for a hit James Segeyaro.

Two other players were fined, including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($3000) for his forearm on Zac Fultonutility warriors Jackson Frei for dangerous contact on Harry Grant.

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