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10th July, 2020
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South Sydney are waiting on a possible dangerous contact charge for Latrell Mitchell on following two separate incidents in Friday’s NRL win over the Wests Tigers.

Mitchell became entangled with Josh Reynolds just six minutes into the game after the Tigers five-eighth kicked Souths centre Campbell Graham in the head while contesting a ball.

Reynolds was put on report for the incident and could cop a suspension, but replays showed Mitchell collected him with a swinging arm from behind in a retaliation that went unpunished.

He was later put on report for a high shot on Tigers forward Josh Aloiai, doubling down on his chances of missing game time in the coming weeks.

On Saturday the match review committee will hand down their findings.

Any time spent on the sidelines would come as a blow for Souths as Mitchell begins to find his consistency in the number one jersey.

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“I’m not too sure what the process will be for him,” said Souths skipper Adam Reynolds after the game.

“Hopefully he’ll be there next week, but if not, we’ve got some quality young kids who are waiting to get their chance.

“It would be a massive loss.

“Obviously he’s a great player and he’s got some great touches, he’s had a number of try assists and line breaks.”

Reynolds is also facing time on the sidelines for collecting Graham’s face with his boot while striking out at the ball.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire was subdued when asked whether Reynolds should miss game time, and was surprisingly supportive of Mitchell being cleared to play despite both incidents.

“I think he got (Reynolds),” Maguire said.

“At the end of the day, people wear that and they do through that, I hope nothing happens and away we go and play footy again.

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“In both instances it’s very quick and I don’t think there’s too much in either of them.”

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