Canterbury’s Sam Kasiano is facing an anxious wait to discover whether he’ll be charged after kicking Brisbane’s Corey Parker in the face during Thursday’s NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
The Broncos captain was left with a cut chin and lip after the incident in the 76th minute of Brisbane’s 20-10 win over the Bulldogs.
Parker and several of his teammates were livid in the immediate aftermath of the incident, believing Kasiano had deliberately kicked out 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 for any wrongdoing.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett said Parker requiring several stitches to his face showed the force involved.
“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.
“I’ve got no doubt the match review committee will have a look at it as well.”
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 a deliberate act 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.”