In Saturday’s conflict with the Penrith Panthers, Mitch Barnett turned the primary Newcastle Knights participant to be despatched off in nearly a decade.
Newcastle Knights ahead Mitch Barnett has been referred on to the NRL Judiciary for drilling his elbow into Chris Smith’s jaw in the course of the Knights’ spherical three loss to the Penrith Panthers.
The hit occurred away from the play in direction of the top of the primary half and left Smith writhing in agony on the bottom.
Barnett turned the primary Knights participant since 2013 to be despatched on and off Sunday, he was charged with Dangerous Contact by the Match Review Committee.
For the primary time underneath the league’s present judiciary construction, the MRC opted to not ban the offending participant for a set variety of matches. Instead, Barnett should converse earlier than the NRL Judiciary, which can then determine his destiny.
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The hit additionally attracted the ire of rugby league consultants.
“That is nasty,” mentioned Fox League caller Warren Smith.
“What an absolute brain explosion by Mitch Barnett. As cheap as it gets.”
“This is ugly, this is stupid,” Fox League knowledgeable Cooper Cronk mentioned of the hit at halftime.
“It’s a moment of madness,” added Benji Marshall.
“Seriously, it’s unnecessary. To get past the player, you can just move him out of the way. There’s no need to lift the elbow.”
Smith had been taking part in his first recreation for the Panthers since coming back from stints with the Roosters and Bulldogs.
He failed his HIA, performed no additional half within the match and can go in for scans to find out the extent of the damage.
At the time of Barnett’s hit, the Knights had been profiting from the Bathurst breeze to guide the understrength Panthers 6-4.
But pressured to play a person down for the rest of the competition, the Novocastrians couldn’t include the Panthers on the perimeters and finally misplaced 38-20.
The Knights conceded six tries whereas they have been a person down, two of which got here down Barnett’s edge.
After the sport Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien opted to not give his ideas on the hit, nor on the extent to which it affected the top rating.
“I tell you what Mitch doesn’t need is me coming out and kicking him publicly,” mentioned O’Brien.
“He’s part of our family and we’ll deal with it behind closed doors. There’s no one feeling any worse than Mitch.
“We’ll just deal with it during the week.”
With their win, the Panthers snapped the Knights’ two-game scorching streak and saved their very own begin to the season intact.
After the sport, coach Ivan Cleary mentioned co-captain and son Nathan was on observe to face the South Sydney Rabbitohs subsequent weekend.
The youthful Cleary underwent shoulder surgical procedure within the low season and has spent the primary three weeks of the premiership recovering.
Originally revealed as NRL: Newcastle Knights ahead Mitch Barnett learns destiny after ‘ugly’ hit on Chris Smith