Brown escapes NRL ban over boot on groin

South Sydney forward Nathan Brown has escaped an NRL suspension despite appearing to stomp on an opponent’s groin while Canberra’s Jack Wighton will miss Thursday’s match after touching a match official.

Brown’s foot stamped down on Titans’ bench forward Agnatius Paasi as the Rabbitohs player was held in a tackle during golden point in the Rabbitohs’ 29-28 loss in Perth on Sunday.

The incident prompted former NSW State of Origin halfback Brett Kimmorley to suggest Brown should receive at least three weeks suspension, however the match video review committee did not charge him on Monday.

“He 100 per cent kicks him, steps on him intentionally, whatever you want to call it,” Kimmorley told Fox Sports News on Monday.

“It should have been a penalty there and put on report and definitely have time out of the game.

“It’s a dog act isn’t it? It’s not an accidental high shot where it’s a timing issue. I don’t want that in the game.”

It’s understood the match review panel deemed the contact not forceful enough to warrant a dangerous contact or contrary conduct charge, despite Paasi appearing to clutch his groin in pain.

Meanwhile Raiders fullback Wighton will miss Thursday’s clash with Brisbane on a one-match ban after giving an early guilty plea for his charge of contrary conduct over contact on an official.

He had touched linesman Brett Suttor on the hip while remonstrating over a decision.

Wighton will be joined on the sideline for the match by forward teammate Shannon Boyd, who pleaded guilty to a shoulder charge on Manly’s Jake Trbojevic.

Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa is facing a one-match suspension for a high shot on Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco after he was charged by the match review committee on Monday.

Carry-over points mean Napa will miss Saturday’s clash with Melbourne unless he successfully contests his charge over the first-minute incident.

Penrith’s Sam McKendry is yet to decide whether he will fight a minimum two-match ban for a shoulder charge on Melbourne’s Cameron Munster.

McKendry risks a third week of suspension if he attempts to challenge the charge and is unsuccessful at the judiciary.

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