Canterbury’s Sam Kasiano faces being suspended until the finals after being charged for kicking Brisbane’s Corey Parker in the face in Thursday’s spiteful NRL clash.
The giant Bulldogs prop was handed a grade two dangerous contact charge by the match review committee on Friday, throwing a big spanner in the works for his team’s charge toward a top-four finish.
He can cop a two-match ban with an early guilty plea, missing the last two regular season rounds, and risks also missing the first week of finals if he fights the charge.
Broncos captain Parker was left with a cut chin and lip after the incident in the 76th minute of his team’s 20-10 win at Suncorp Stadium.
Parker and several of his teammates were livid in the immediate aftermath of the incident, believing Kasiano had deliberately kicked backwards at the veteran backrower when he was lying on the ground after attempting to tackle the giant Bulldog.
It provided a fiery end to the match but Kasiano was not penalised by the referees.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett said Parker required several stitches to his face.
“It’s a bit hard to get your head around the accidental part when the tackle’s been made and it’s all been kind of cleared and he’s heading in another direction,” Bennett said.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was more circumspect.
“It went to the bunker, they made a ruling on it, play the ball,” Hasler said.
Parker, who received an apology from Kasiano during the post-match handshakes, was able to laugh off teammate Sam Thaiday’s claim his movie career was over.
The 34-year-old was clearly angered by the kick, but refused to comment on whether he felt it was deliberate or not.
“He said to me after the game he was sorry but I’ll leave it up to you guys to make your own opinion on what you feel about that,” Parker said.
“I’m not going to come out and make some sort of statement … you guys can make your own opinion on how it all unfolded.”