Brisbane Broncos star Patrick Carrigan has been handed a four-match suspension for his hip-drop sort out that left Jackson Hastings with a damaged leg.
The judiciary’s determination got here after the NRL legel counsel Patrick Knowles had referred to as for a 5 or six-match ban, whereas Carrigan’s authorized counsel, Nick Ghabar, referred to as for a two-match ban.
The choice will see this yr’s Wally Lewis Medal winner sidelined till the ultimate week of the house and away season.
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The NRL referred to Hastings’ season-ending fractured fibula and syndesmosis accidents as the rationale behind its advice for a prolonged ban.
“That seemingly means a minimal of three months restoration and extra seemingly 4 to 5 months,” Knowles stated.
“This can be a very critical damage that would affect on participant Hastings’ profession”.
The listening to was additionally proven an instance of an identical sort out from Dragons ahead Josh McGuire on then-Storm star Josh Addo-Carr from final season, which resulted in McGuire being handed a five-match ban after he happy responsible to a grade three harmful contact cost.
Nevertheless, Carrigan’s authorized counsel argued that there was no comparability between the 2 incidents.
“What participant McGuire did himself in that sort out in comparison with what participant Carrigan did within the case earlier than you is the next degree. They don’t seem to be even in the identical ball park,” Ghabar stated.
“It’s careless, however not reckless.”
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