NRL Round 8 judiciary: Milne lucky to get light ban for ‘foolish, irresponsible’ cannonball tackle, Sloan charged twice


South Sydney winger Taane Milne is lucky to only be facing a ban of 2-3 matches for his nasty tackle on Cameron Munster in the dying stages of Thursday night’s 54-20 flogging at AAMI Park.

Milne was sin-binned in the final minute and put on report for attacking Munster’s legs after he had been held in a standing tackle, which coach Jason Demetriou described as a “dumb note to end a dumb night”.

The Fijian representative, who has a lengthy judiciary history including a six-game ban for a high tackle which ruled him out of the entire 2021 World Cup, was charged with a grade-two dangerous contact offence.

Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston was disgusted with the tackle on Nine commentary: “We don’t need this in the game. This is purely trying to hurt players. He just burrows down, he doesn’t have his eyes up. He goes straight in under the knees, I think the NRL need to come down hard on this because it was a dumb play and he’s put his team under pressure now because they’ve already got seven or eight players on the sidelines.

Cameron Smith added that it was “foolish, irresponsible and uncalled for”.

Milne can only miss a fortnight with an early guilty plea but risks a third match on the sideline if he challenges the judiciary verdict.

Dragons fullback Tyrell Sloan was charged twice for dangerous contact in his team’s Anzac Day caning by the Roosters for separate incidents on Sam Walker and Luke Keary.

He can cop a combined $2000 in fines with early guilty pleas.

Titans forward David Fifita ($1800-$2500) and Warriors rookie Jacob Laban ($1000-$1500) were also pinged for dangerous contact from Thursday’s triple-header.

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