Josh Reynolds is facing his third NRL suspension for tripping in two years after denying Joel Thompson what could have been a game-turning try on Friday night.
The Canterbury five-eighth will today come under the scrutiny of the match review committee after collecting Thompson with his foot in an ugly incident in the 15th minute of the Bulldogs’ 13-10 win at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Dragons back-rower Thompson was reluctant to comment on the incident having not seen a replay but said he would have been “filthy” if he had been brought down illegally.
“Yeah if it was a trip I’d be dirty,” Thompson said.
“But I’d be very surprised if it was a trip. I’d be filthy.
“But it might have been just a good tackle.
“I’m not too sure, I haven’t seen a replay, it happened in the heat of battle, I was definitely through.”
Thompson was brought down inches from the line after bursting through a hole but stumbled after Reynolds stuck out his left boot.
It proved a turning point as the Bulldogs held off the Dragons’ second-half fightback.
“I was straight over, I was ready to do a try celebration,” Thompson said.
“I haven’t seen anything, I doubt it was deliberate, I don’t think he’s that type of player but I felt like I was through.”
The incident, which was not put on report, changed the complexion of the game, and coach Paul McGregor said he was surprised the bunker did not intervene to award a penalty given tripping is a reportable offence.
Reynolds has twice in the last two years been suspended for tripping. He was rubbed out for a week after tripping Tariq Sims in last year’s City-Country and spent two weeks on the sideline for a brainsnap on former teammate Ben Barba in round 22, 2014.
If Reynolds is charged, he will incur 100 per cent loading because of two similar offences in the last two years.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler suggested his charge didn’t have much to worry about.
“I’m pretty sure he had his hands on him at the same time,” Hasler said.