Tino Fa’asuamaleaui could find himself in hot water with the match review committee after appearing to hit Tevita Pangai Jr with a shoulder charge on Sunday afternoon.
All eyes were on Pangai Jr. when he came on in the 26th minute of Sunday’s game with the Bulldogs on top of the Titans at the time.
After Josh Addo-Carr’s second try of the game, Pangai Jr. and Faasumalewi, who took the first kick, went head-to-head.
The Titans didn’t seem to make any real attempt to tackle Pangai Jr., but were instead penalized with a shoulder charge.
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“They want to finish this, the referee is involved and it’s about to start,” Brenton Speed said. Fox League.
Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach replied: “Then knock me out of my seat.”
“Of course I’m glad they’re legally dating each other. He chose him, too. Was it a shoulder charge?”
“There weren’t a lot of weapons involved,” Speed added.
“Look at this place. This was the first time they got together. Read what Tino Fa’asuamaleaui had to say heading into this game, the fuse was lit and we saw it ignite here.
After the game, Fa’asuamaleaui admitted it was a “bad tackle” but said he was trying to throw his whole body in.
“It was just the game, you tried to throw everything at it. It was a bad experience on my part, it wasn’t enough, but it was just an obsession and you try to throw your body into anything.
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There was little else of note in the first half, with Faasumalewi sent off in the 27th minute.
In case you missed it, Fa’asuamaleaui said “bring it on” last week after Pangai Jr pledged to protect five-eighth Matt Burton after a series of poor performances in the opening decider.
The first arm swung to Burton’s cheek in the second half when Fa’asuamaleaui was tackled and punched by Dane Gagai, holding the Blues center in the head.
“Matty is a big boy who holds his own, but I’d like to see the same rules applied to the boxing club,” Pangai Jr. said. Sun Herald last week.
“I wasn’t happy with what I saw. But we’ll worry about that next week.”
“Matt Burton is known for his kicking and teams try to bully him. What we do about that is our job moving forward.
In the doghouse game, Faasumalewi was Public Enemy No. 1 and the fans expressed their feelings and saluted Almey Boo as he picked up his first loss of the game.
It’s the first time in my career and it’s been crazy out there, but they’re all passionate Bulldogs fans. It was a crazy atmosphere,” Fa’asuamaleaui said at the post-match press conference.
“I had a little smile on my face and I laughed a little bit about it, but I had to focus on my job and make sure I got my job right.”