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Sport Four-game ban places Latrell Mitchell's Origin recall claims in jeopardy

03:55  21 april  2021
03:55  21 april  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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South Sydney Rabbitoh star Latrell Mitchell ' s Dally M hopes are over and his NSW State of Origin selection in doubt after copping a four - game ban at the NRL judiciary. It came after the star fullback's legal team tried to argue Mitchell was merely trying to avoid contact when his forearm collided with David Nofoaluma on Saturday night. In a 50-minute hearing, Mitchell ' s lawyer Nick Ghabar also claimed the contact was only 'glancing' and had been initiated by both players.

Mitchell suspended for four games . Mitchell ' s failed bid to have his charge downgraded means the 23-year-old won't be eligible to play for South Sydney until the round 11 game against the Panthers on May 23. He will miss the clash against the Titans this Friday, then the Raiders, Storm and Sharks games. Momirovski was not present at NRL headquarters, appearing by video link from Penrith. He did not speak during proceedings or answer any questions. Roosters forward Victor Radley and Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell will also appear at the judiciary tonight.

Latrell Mitchell will miss the next month for the Rabbitohs after an unsuccessful trip to the judiciary, but it could have far wider implications.

Mitchell failed to get his grade two dangerous contact charge for his high shot on Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma reduced to a grade one offence.

In a verdict that has triggered fierce debate throughout the game, the Rabbitohs fullback will now be on the sidelines for four weeks.

He's also copped two fines at a total of $3000 relating to separate incidents in that fiery affair with the Tigers.

While the ban will come as a monumental blow for Wayne Bennett's side, and perhaps hinder their push for this year's premiership in some sense, with tough match-ups against the Titans, Raiders, Storm and Sharks upcoming.

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Latrell Mitchell prepares for his hearing. Credit:NRL Photos. Mitchell would have missed three games with an early plea, but just one game had his charge been reduced from a grade two to a grade one. The unsuccessful trip to League Central means Mitchell ’ s Dally M hopes are also over while he will have just 160 minutes of football to convince NSW coach Brad Fittler he is worthy of an Origin recall . Penrith’s Paul Momirovski also failed to convince the three-man judiciary panel of Bob Lindner, Dallas Johnson and Ben Creagh to downgrade his dangerous contact charge, and will now miss three

Latrell Mitchell will have to cop a four -match NRL suspension after losing his fight at the judiciary, leaving his Dally M hopes in tatters. However, the news was much better for Victor Radley, who is free to play for the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day after avoiding a ban for what his legal team claimed was "glancing" contact with Cameron Munster. In a marathon night at the NRL' s headquarters, the Roosters lock walked away with just a 00 fine with his grade-two careless high tackle reclassified to a level-one.

However, from an individual standpoint, Mitchell faces further consequences.

After claiming three points in Saturday's emphatic win over the Tigers to claim an outright lead in the Dally M Medal count, Mitchell's four-game ban renders him out of the running for the game's most coveted individual honour.

The NRL's rules stipulate that a player is ineligible for the Dally M medal if they are suspended for more than two weeks.

But most importantly, Mitchell's ban places his chances of a remarkable State of Origin recall in jeopardy.

The two-time premiership-winner has been in the form of his career this season to date, and while it wouldn't have been enough to dethrone James Tedesco from New South Wales' fullback spot, Mitchell was bound to nab a start somewhere in the backline – most likely the centres.

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Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell will appeal the four -week ban that was handed down by the NRL Judiciary following his side’ s thrilling win over Wests on Saturday. Mitchell has been hit with a grade two dangerous contact charge on Tigers star David Nofoaluma, which will see him sidelined for a month, while also being handed with two contrary conduct offences that will accumulate fines for the fullback. The Rabbitohs fullback will be able to have his ban reduced to just one week if he is successful…

Latrell Mitchell (né Goolagong; 16 June 1997) is an Indigenous Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL

This year's Origin opener will be played in Melbourne on June 9th, meaning Brad Fittler is likely to name his Blues squad at the conclusion of round 12.

It will leave Mitchell – due to return to the field in round 11 at the conclusion of his ban – with two weeks in which South Sydney play the Panthers and Eels to prove to Fittler he's worthy of a place in his side.

Fittler is blessed with options for his backline this year, particularly in the centres.

Both incumbents from last year's series, Clint Gutherson and Jack Wighton, are fit. Specialists Zac Lomax and Stephen Crichton, who were in the Blues' squad last year, have also started the year brilliantly for the Dragons and Panthers respectively.

Tom Trbojevic made a remarkable return for Manly last weekend, and has been deployed at centres by Fittler with great success previously. While Mitchell's teammate Campbell Graham, who was in the running for a spot last year, is also in the mix with six weeks before teams are selected.

Latrell Mitchell banned for FOUR games after dangerous collision

  Latrell Mitchell banned for FOUR games after dangerous collision South Sydney Rabbitoh star Latrell Mitchell's Dally M hopes are over and his NSW State of Origin selection in doubt after copping a four-game ban at the NRL judiciary. Mitchell on Tuesday night shook his head at South Sydney officials when told he'd failed in his bid to have a dangerous contact charge downgraded to a one-game ban.'He's obviously disappointed,' Rabbitohs head of football Mark Ellison said afterwards.'He's the Dally M leader at the moment and the crowds won't see him for four matches.'It's sad for the game and for him.

“I love watching Latrell , he’ s passionate, he wears his heart on his sleeve and does his best for his team and his mates. “But something like this will be a warning shot to him and [make him realise] how he needs to keep a ‘blue head’ and his emotions in check because one way or another he will let his teammates down. Halfback Luke Brooks said Mitchell should have been given ten minutes in the bin for taking out Nofoaluma in the first half.

Mitchell was seeking to have his grade two dangerous contact charge for his high shot on Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma reduced to a grade one offence. The Rabbitohs full-back whacked Nofoaluma in the face in the 32nd minute of Saturday’ s 18-14 victory over the Tigers. But the three-man judiciary panel of Bob Lindner, Ben Creagh and Dallas Johnson disagreed, imposing the maximum four -week penalty. New Zealand Warriors consultant and Channel 9 pundit Phil Gould slammed the verdict on Twitter. “If Latrell Mitchell deserves 4 weeks on the sideline for that incident, I am an astronaut

Making the mountain a steeper climb for Mitchell is his prickly past with Fittler.

Mitchell took aim at the NSW coach back in 2019 after he was controversially dropped following the Blues' game one loss in that series.

The then-Roosters centre was critical of Fittler for not following up after dropping Mitchell, an issue which the pair later clarified and made up over.

Fittler showed great public support for Mitchell last year amidst his move to South Sydney, and backed the incumbent Kangaroos centre to make a successful shift to fullback for the Rabbitohs, which he has done.

The NSW Blues coach has also preached the importance of form over incumbency when selecting his Origin sides in the past, as well as commanding respect.

While Mitchell's Origin selection claims were undeniable so far this season, his lengthy ban will most definitely be a factor in his hopes of a return to the Blues.

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