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NRL Round 9 judiciary: Sezer facing hefty ban as NINE players cop fresh charges, Tago, Host in strife

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5th May, 2024
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Wests Tigers half Aiden Sezer is facing a ban of five matches after he was one of 10 players charged after a spiteful Saturday schedule of three matches in the NRL.

Sezer was charged with grade-three dangerous contact for a hip-drop tackle on Canterbury forward Josh Curran during the Tigers’ loss at Accor Stadium.

Due to a poor judiciary record dating back to his stint in the Super League, he will be banned for four weeks with an early guilty plea or risk a fifth match out if he challenges the verdict at the judiciary.

Bulldogs duo Samuel Hughes and Tigers veteran David Klemmer are facing fines of two-game bans for contrary conduct towards referee Kasey Badger while Wests forward Alex Seyfarth ($1500-$2000) was also pinged for striking.

He was sin-binned after appearing to headbutt Reed Mahoney during a skirmish involving several players.

Mahoney was charged with contrary conduct ($1800-$2500) for his part in the incident and was also given a $2500 fine or two-match ban for a dangerous throw on Tigers cub Solomon Alaimalo.

Titans hooker Chris Randall ($1000-$1500 for a high tackle), Storm forward Joe Chan ($1000-$1500 for dangerous contact), Dolphins second-rower Felise Kaufusi ($1000-$1500 for a high tackle) and Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater ($1000-$1500 for dangerous contact) are all set to cop a finanical hit.


From Friday night’s games, Manly veteran Nathan Brown could be banned but is likely to cop a fine after he was one of four players charged by the match review committee from the two games.

Brown was charged with grade-two dangerous for an incident involving Josh Papalii and risks a two-game ban if he challenges the judiciary so he is almost certain to cop a $3000 hit to the hip pocket.

Canberra prop Emre Guler will be slugged $1800 to $2500 for a high shot on Tolutau Koula in his team’s win over Manly, lock Morgan Smithies is looking at $1500 to $2000 for a crusher tackle while Brisbane winger Deine Mariner has the same punishment for a shoulder charge on James Tedesco in Brisbane’s loss to the Roosters.

Earlier in the round, Panthers centre Izack Tago was slapped with a ban after a hip drop tackle that left Jye Gray with a syndesmosis injury that could rule him out for several weeks.

Tago was binned for his part in the tackle in the early stages of his side’s victory over South Sydney on Thursday night and will now sit out Penrith’s home match against the Bulldogs next Friday night. He can appeal, but would then be a doubt for their Magic Round meeting with the Warriors.


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Jacob Host was also sat down during the same game after making contact with the legs of Panthers kicker Brad Schneider.

He has been charged and faces two games on the sidelines, three if Souths dispute the grading. That rules the backrower out of next Saturday’s trip to Kogarah to face the Dragons and the Cowboys at Magic.

Tago’s suspension looked likely from the moment the tackle was made.

Host is set to join a long list of outs at Souths, who also lost Gray (ankle) and halfback Dean Hawkins (quad) to injuries in the club’s first game since firing coach Jason Demetriou on Tuesday.


Campbell Graham, Lachlan Ilias, Tyrone Munro, Tevita Tatola and Richie Kennar are also out injured, but Latrell Mitchell is due back from suspension to face the Dragons next Saturday at Kogarah.