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Sport Raiders forward Joe Tapine set to miss another two NRL games

00:21  09 july  2018
00:21  09 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Raider Tapine accepts two - game NRL ban - au.sports.yahoo.com. Canberra's Joseph Tapine will miss two NRL games after he accepted a ban for a shoulder charge on St George Illawarra's Matt Dufty. Tapine to miss two matches, Papalii fined - NRL - www. nrl .com.

It's another cruel injury blow for the Green Machine, with standout Joe Tapine set to miss the rest of the NRL season after breaking his thumb. But the good news is he should be fit in time to play for New Zealand in their end-of-season Tests.

Raiders second-rower Joe Tapine faces a two-game ban for a dangerous tackle on Michael Lichaa.© NRL Imagery Raiders second-rower Joe Tapine faces a two-game ban for a dangerous tackle on Michael Lichaa.

Canberra Raiders second-rower Joe Tapine faces another two-game ban, just three weeks after his last one.

Tapine was charged with grade one dangerous contact for his lifting tackle on Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa in the Raiders' come-from-behind, 32-28 victory at Belmore on Saturday.

He'll miss the next two games unless he beats the charge at the judiciary, with either five carryover points or 45 depending on whether he accepts the early guilty plea or unsuccessfully challenges it.

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Canberra forward Joseph Tapine has been ruled out for their final two games of the NRL season due to a broken thumb. His six tries is the most of all the Raiders forwards . He joins skipper Jarrod Croker, utility Ata Hingano and fullback Jack Wighton as first-choice players unavailable for the final

Canberra forward Joseph Tapine has been ruled out for their final two games of the NRL season due to a broken thumb. His six tries is the most of all the Raiders forwards . He joins skipper Jarrod Croker, utility Ata Hingano and fullback Jack Wighton as first-choice players unavailable for the final

Lichaa left the field for a head injury assessment, but returned and completed the game.

The news comes as the Raiders face a fight with the NRL over the length of fullback Jack Wighton's ban for five counts of assault and one count of public urination, with his court case set for sentencing in November.

Canberra want Wighton to miss just six weeks, while it's believed the NRL want longer.

Tapine could join Wighton in the stands for the Raiders' must-win game against the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

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Canberra have lost in-form forward Joseph Tapine for their final two games of the NRL season after breaking his thumb.

Joseph Tapine is set to miss the Canberra Raiders ' next two NRL matches after being cited for a dangerous tackle (file photo).

The win over the Bulldogs was just Tapine's third game back from a two-game ban for a shoulder charge on St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty.

Tapine said he would look to better control his aggression, while vowing to keep it as part of his game.

"It's tough, I didn't go in there with intentions to hurt anyone it's just how it panned out ... I'm glad he [Lichaa] wasn't badly hurt," he said.

"You've got to kind of control it [aggression]. It's part of my game I've got to improve is controlling aggression and knowing when to use it and how to use it.

"It's a part of me, how I was brought up, so I'm not going to lose it anytime soon, I've just got to control it."

The Raiders will also likely be without big bopper Shannon Boyd (calf), while fullback Brad Abbey will need to pass concussion protocols this week.

Abbey was awake and walking about the Canberra sheds after the game.

He was carried off the field on a stretcher with four minutes remaining after he was slammed into the ground by Jeremy Marshall-King's tackle.

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Raiders duo Joseph Tapine and Josh Papalii have entered early guilty pleas over incidents in Sunday's loss to the Dragons, with Tapine copping a two -match suspension for a shoulder charge. NRL .com. Timestamp. Mon 21 May 2018, 11:13 AM.

Canberra forward Joseph Tapine won't be changing the way he plays despite copping two suspensions this NRL season. Tapine returns to the Raiders ' second row for the clash with Melbourne on Saturday night after missing two games for dangerous contact in the round 17 match

Boyd came off midway through the second half against the Bulldogs, having hurt his calf in his first spell on the field.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said it looked unlikely he would be fit to play the Cowboys.

"He's torn his calf. He did it in the first 15 or so minutes, but then thought it was OK," he said.

"It was probably only a small tear, but then he's torn it a little bit more now after he went back on. I'm not too sure, but I'd say he'd be missing."

Tapine said while the Raiders got the two points they had plenty to work on ahead of the Cowboys game, having made 10 errors against the Bulldogs.

He said it was nice to finally have a comeback win, having been on the receiving end of plenty over the last few seasons.

"We've been in that situation heaps but reversed. We know how the Bulldogs boys are feeling, but we're grateful as well that we got one," Tapine said.

"A couple of games this year we should've won, but we lost - like we won [Saturday night]. Pretty happy, but still a lot to work on."

NRL ROUND 18

Saturday: Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium, 7.35pm. Live on Fox League.

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