10th December 2023

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has delivered a savage response over whether or not his Origin prop Stefano Utoikamanu will face issues after he was placed on report within the first half.

Utoikamanu was judged to have raised his elbows in the direction of Wayde Egan throughout a hit-up, with the hooker leaving the sector for an HIA and never returning.

The Warriors survived with out him to win 30-22.

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Mockingly, Tigers captain Apisai Koroisau suffered a damaged jaw in June after a sort out from Tino Fa’asuamaleaui with the Titans ahead avoiding any sanctions.

Stefano Utoikamanu was placed on report for this incident. (Kayo)

Put up-game Sheens was requested if Utoikamanu would have any issues.

“Higher not have after what occurred with Api,” he replied.

“That child (Egan) did not get hit within the head in any respect, he is gone, he is had some issues together with his respiratory however he hit him decrease. It was not within the head itself.

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“I can not see unexpectedly it is a penalty, it hasn’t been a penalty. One minute later there was one other shot, (Addin) Fonua-Blake acquired certainly one of our youngsters, not carrying the ball (then there was) nothing.

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“And there was one other one and we lastly acquired a penalty. Has the league modified its ruling on it? Api there was no penalty, no suspension, when it occurred to him. Why is that this an issue?”

The Tigers’ complaints with the refereeing did not cease there, with injured star Adam Doueihi fired up on social media at his facet being on the flawed rely of a 11-5 penalty rely.

Put up-game, Warriors coach Andrew Webster gave an replace on Egan’s situation. 

“At this stage he is advantageous, he is gone to hospital for examine up … it was extra precautionary, once you’re hit within the throat and one thing goes flawed you wish to be in hospital, (though) nothing has gone flawed,” he mentioned.

“Undoubtedly could not danger him to return and the most secure place was for him to get a examine up.”

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