BREAKING: Latrell cops lengthy ban for high hit on Johnson as Souths coach laments ‘stupid’ acts


Latrell Mitchell is set to miss at least three matches, potentially four, after the NRL match review committee came down hard on the Rabbitohs fullback for a high hit with his elbow on Shaun Johnson.

Mitchell quickly apologised after catching Johnson in the head with a fend-off near the in-goal area, the incident one of two that earned the controversial star a report in the first half of South Sydney’s loss to the Warriors – the second an ugly lifting tackle on Tohu Harris.

The elbow on Johnson was deemed a grade-two dangerous contact charge, with Mitchell’s history of suspensions upping the charge to a four-match ban, which can be reduced to three with an early plea.

The 26-year old escaped being sent to the sin bin for either incident, with Fox League’s Greg Alexander claiming he was ‘lucky’ to avoid being banished.

“It’s a little bit more than just a forearm, it’s almost like a swinging elbow to the head of Shaun Johnson.”

Speaking after the Rabbitohs’ 34-4 loss which has seen them again slump to the bottom of the NRL ladder, coach Jason Demetriou hit out at the twin incidents.

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“They’re both stupid things. You’ve got to be better, simple as that,” Demetriou said.

But the South Sydney coach refused to condemn the fullback, whose track record is starting to count against him.

“I’ll have those conversations (with him) during the week,” Demetriou said. “It’s not something for me to talk about right now.

“As a group, we’ll be honest as we are every week and have a look at things we need to be better at.”

The verdict will leave Mitchell on the sidelines ahead of a testing run for the Bunnies, who face Cronulla, Melbourne and Penrith over the next month.

His ill discipline proved to be Souths’ undoing after a positive start where Izaac Thompson slid through the Warriors’ defence and touched down after five minutes.

It was the best South Sydney would play all afternoon with Rocco Berry breezing through some limp Rabbitohs defence to put Andrew Webster’s side ahead after Shaun Johnson converted.

In the 13 minutes between Mitchell’s two indiscretions, Souths made four errors and were offside three separate times.

Dolphins hooker Kurt Donoghoe is facing a ban of 2-3 matches for a high tackle on Samuela Fainu during their win over the Tigers, while Wests star Aidan Sezer has escaped with a fine of $1800-$2500 for dangerous contact on Jesse Bromwich.

(with AAP)

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