Should a SECOND Maroon have been sin-binned over Origin fight? Tino Fa’asuamaleaui under scrutiny
Should’ve thrown a SECOND Maroon over Origin fight? Tino Fa’asuamaleaui under heavy scrutiny for role in biff as Matt Burton and Dane Gagai’s sentences are revealed
- Many Blues Fans Were Stunned Forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui Wasn’t Sin-Binned
- He held Matt Burton in a headlock as Dane Gagai unleashed a series of punches
- Referee Ashley Klein then sent Gagai and Burton to the sin bin after biff
- Seemingly impossible to get sent from Origin or face serious charges
Countless NSW Blues fans are adamant, Queensland enforcer Tino Fa’asuamaleaui should also have been blamed for his role in the fray involving team-mate Dane Gagai and NSW center Matt Burton in the Origin decider.
Early in the second half at Suncorp Stadium, the gripping encounter – eventually won 22-12 by the hosts – quickly descended into chaos when Gagai made an exception to Burton knocking over Queensland fullback Kalyn Ponga seconds after he had a break. created.
As the opposing centers stood and exchanged a flurry of punches, Fa’asuamaleaui rushed to the aid of Gagai as the third man.
Seconds later, the Gold Coast Titans’ attackers held back the Blues as Gagai continued to throw haymakers at Burton.
Incredibly, Fa’asuamaleaui stayed in the paddock when Gagai and Burton were both sent to the sin box by referee Ashley Klein.
NSW Blues fans are adamant, Queensland enforcer Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (pictured) should also have been sinfully thrown out for his role in the battle that involved team-mate Dane Gagai and NSW center Matt Burton in the Origin decider
Dane Gagai was scapegoated for his role in the biff, but had the last laugh after Queensland won the series (pictured left, with teammate Valentine Holmes)
The respective centers were later fined for their behavior on the pitch, but are free to play for their NRL sides this weekend, despite high-profile second-class fouls.
Fa’asuamaleaui was charged with two charges: a first-degree careless high tackle on Burton in the ninth minute and a dangerous contact for his role in the 41st minute.
He will lose 20 percent of his match money after both incidents.
With suspensions due to Origin games seemingly off the table, enforcers from both interstate teams appear to have the green light for a modern day “free for all.”
Maroon debutant Tom Gilbert was also guilty of giving ‘special attention’ to Burton that led to the brawl involving the use of his shoulder.
NRL boss Peter V’landys later stated that the game was “state passion on steroids.”
Fa’asuamaleaui was charged with two charges – a grade two careless high tackle on Burton in the ninth minute and a dangerous contact for his role in the 41st minute (pictured, with Maroon skipper Daly Cherry-Evans
Matt Burton (pictured) and Dane Gagai were fined $3450 for their biff — or 23 percent of their match payments
As the instigator, Gagai was fined $3450, which is just 23 percent of his match fee.
Burton took the same penalty harshly, with match payments of $15,000 per player.
The incident was a throwback to the wild days of the 1980s — and while some footy fans love the biff, with concussions and head injuries an ongoing concern in the modern game, it was unacceptable behavior in front of an audience of at least three million.
Thrilled Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans told Referee Klein that Gagai was entitled to punch Burton in the face repeatedly for cheating “all series”.
When Klein sent both centers for a 10-minute spell, an enraged Cherry-Evans said Burton’s hit on Ponga was an illegal tactic that NSW had used in all three Origin games.
Incredibly, Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans (pictured) told referee Ashley Klein that Gagai had the right to punch Burton in the face repeatedly for cheating ‘all series’
Burton – who fired back with some wild waves of his own – was thrown into sin along with Gagai in the most dramatic moment of a match full of sensational incidents
The spat between Gagai and Burton marked the first blow to an Origin match since Paul Gallen put some in Nate Myles in 2013.
“All games and all series have taken us off the ball. All series! All series!’ he screamed.
The skipper then suggested that Gagai was right to hit Burton by saying, “What did you expect to happen?”
Klein told the halfback to arrange his team to prevent a repeat of the collision, to which Cherry-Evans replied, ‘I will, I will, but they can’t keep doing that! They can’t keep doing it!’
It was also the first Origin biff since former NSW skipper Paul Gallen beat Nate Myles in 2013.