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NRL bans & bumps: Hastings suspended three games, Taylor, Grant out

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22nd March, 2022
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Wests Tigers’ woes got worse on Tuesday night at the judiciary when five-eighth Jackson Hastings was rubbed out for three matches.

He had been charged with a dangerous throw in their loss to Newcastle and could have accepted a ban of two games with an early guilty plea. He pleaded guilty but rolled the dice at the judiciary to try to get the grade-two offence reduced in a bid to avoid suspension and escape with a fine.

However, he was found guilty and will not be available until Round 6 in another blow for the Tigers who have started the season with two straight losses.

Hastings and Joe Ofahengaue were both charged for a tackle on fullback Tex Hoy in the 13th minute of the Knights’ big win. Ofahengaue was handed a grade-one offence and has accepted a fine of $1000.

“It wasn’t intentional,” Hastings said. “Obviously he got put in a bit of an awkward situation at the top there, but I feel like he landed OK.”

Warriors five-eighth Ash Taylor‘s return to the NRL was short-lived – he has been ruled out of Round 3 due to a hip problem suffered in last weekend’s loss to his old club Gold Coast.

Storm star Harry Grant is out of the Round 3 clash with Parramatta after testing positive to COVID-19.

Sharks forward Teig Wilton has accepted a one-game suspension after being charged by the match review committee for dangerous contact on Mitch Moses.


Wilton, who scored the match-winning try in the final minute of Saturday night’s 18-16 win over Parramatta at Shark Park, was charged for grade-two dangerous contact for tackling Moses in mid air after the halfback had booted the ball downfield in the 54th minute.

Eels utility Ray Stone ($1000 for dangerous contact), Dragons veteran George Burgess ($1000 for dangerous contact) and Cowboys forward Tom Gilbert ($1500 for a crusher tackle) were the only other players charged from Round 2.

Titans NRLW star Georgia Hale has copped a one-game ban for a crusher tackle in her team’s upset win over Brisbane.

Raiders veteran Josh Hodgson has played his last game for the club after he was booked in for knee surgery this week, which will rule him out for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Hodgson, who has signed to play with Parramatta next year, suffered the injury in the Round 1 win over Cronulla and club doctor Greg Macleod said after scans and further assessment, it was decided he needed an operation.

The English hooker said he was gutted for his time at the Green Machine to end like this.

“It’s certainly not the way I wanted to finish up at Canberra. After a disappointing year last year, it was probably the best I’ve felt this year in terms of my body, and I was feeling really fit and really fresh after a good pre-season with no internationals and no rehab. To do it in such a minor way and sustain such a big injury is really frustrating,” Hodgson said.


Cowboys forward Mitchell Dunn‘s season is over after he suffered an ACL tear in the victory over the Raiders in a non-contact incident in the 30th minute of the match in Townsville.

Panthers winger Brian To’o is looking at 6-8 weeks out after tearing his MCL in Friday’s victory over the Dragons, while James Fisher-Harris (shoulder) and Scott Sorensen (wrist) are likely to only miss a match after being cleared of serious injury.

Roosters trio Connor Watson (shoulder), Sitili Topouniua (concussion) and Joey Manu (knee) are under a cloud heading into the Round 3 showdown with South Sydney while Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo (concussion) will also be monitored during the week after failing to finish the tussle with the Eels.

NRL injuries and suspensions, team by team


Thomas Flegler (suspended, Round 4)
Xavier Willison (knee, mid-season)



Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, Round 3-4)
Matt Doorey (knee, mid-season)


Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (knee, Round 3-4)
Ben Hampton (hamstring, Round 3-4)
Mitchell Dunn (knee, season)
Lachlan Burr (hip – early retirement)


Billy Burns (foot, Round 4)
Jayden Sullivan (hamstring (Round 3-4)
Aaron Woods (hamstring, Round 4-5)
Max Feagai (ankle, indefinite)
Josh McGuire (suspended, Round 6)


Ryan Matterson (hamstring, Round 4-5)
Sean Russell (ribs, lung indefinite)
Maika Sivo (knee, June-July)
Haze Dunster (knee, season)



Daniel Saifiti (leg, Round 3)
Sauaso Sue (suspended, Round 3)
Kalyn Ponga (knee, Round 3-4)
Jayden Brailey (Achilles, June-July)
Bailey Hodgson (elbow, indefinite)
Hymel Hunt (knee, indefinite)


Nathan Cleary (shoulder, Round 3-4)
James Fisher-Harris (shoulder, Round 3-4)
Scott Sorensen (wrist, Round 3-4)
Mavrik Geyer (elbow, Round 5)
Brian To’o (knee, Round 7-9)
Moses Leota (shoulder, Round 9-11)


Liam Knight (ankle, Round 5)
Blake Taaffe (ankle, Round 5)



Brad Schneider (COVID, Round 3)
Jarrod Croker (back, TBC)
Peter Hola (knee, Round 3-4)
Jordan Rapana (suspended, Round 3)
Jamal Fogarty (knee, Round 15)
Josh Hodgson (knee, season)
Harley Smith-Shields (ACL, season)


Sitili Tupouniua (concussion, Round 3-4)
Connor Watson (shoulder, Round 3-4)
Joey Manu (knee, Round 3-4)
Sam Verrills (thumb, Round 5-6)
Joseph Suaalii (foot, Round 3-4)

Joseph Suaalii of the Roosters

Joseph Suaalii. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sea Eagles

Josh Schuster (ankle, Round 3-5)
Ben Trbojevic (knee, Round 3-5)
Josh Aloiai (suspended, Round 4)



Jack Williams (knee, Round 4)
Teig Wilton (suspended, Round 4)
Wade Graham (ankle, Round 4-6)


Harry Grant (COVID, Round 4)
Cooper Johns (shoulder, Round 4-5)
Brandon Smith (hand, Round 3-4)
Christian Welch (Achilles, season)
George Jennings (knee, season)
Tui Kamikamica (stood down)

Adam Doueihi of the Tigers converts the try

(Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Jacob Liddle (knee, Round 4)
Jackson Hastings (suspended, Round 6)
Adam Doueihi (knee, Round 8-14)
Tommy Talau (knee, mid-season)
Asu Kepaoa (pectoral, mid-season)
Shawn Blore (ACL, season)



Joe Vuna (knee, mid-season)


Ash Taylor (hip, Round 4)
Viliami Vailea (knee, Round 5)
Shaun Johnson (pec, Round 5)
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (thumb, Round 9-11)
Tohu Harris (knee, June-July)