Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton avoid suspensions over ugly incidents, NRL news

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Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton have both avoided suspension for their respective charges in a fiery Good Friday contest between the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs.

Mitchell was hit with only a fine after a brutal collision with Josh Addo-Carr left the Bulldogs flyer with an ugly concussion.

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Wighton will not spend any time on the sidelines after avoiding a charge for a potential hip drop tackle on Bulldogs backrower Jacob Preston.

However, the Bulldogs’ Kurtis Morrin didn’t escape suspension after he was hit with a minimum two game ban for an ugly lifting tackle on Bunnies captain Cameron Murray.

Morrin faces a three-game ban should he be found guilty by the judiciary.

Addo-Carr was charging down the left wing but was tackled out of the field by centre Isaiah Tass before Mitchell entered the tackle.

The Rabbitohs superstar’s hip collected Addo-Carr’s head, leaving the winger face down on the Accor Stadium turf.

Mitchell immediately went to assist his opponent and attempted to shelter him before he was able to get to his feet and walk to the changerooms.

It was revealed Addo-Carr wouldn’t return to the field after halftime, while Latrell Mitchell wasn’t sent to the sin bin, meaning the Bulldogs were unable to activate their 18th man.

“Addo-Carr only now on his feet after he was crunched in a tackle… there was some very heavy contact from the hip of Latrell Mitchell, all in the act of scoring,” Yvonne Sampson said.

“The scenes weren’t great when he originally went down because he did not move, but he’s up to his feet,” Greg Alexander said.

Mitchell was not placed on report on the field and was only slapped with a $1800 fine should he take the early plea.

Should Mitchell appeal the charge, he could be fined $2500 if found guilty by the match review committee.

The NRL has placed greater importance on the tackler’s responsibility and Fox League pundit Corey Parker explained his tackle could be considered “careless”.

“I think there is, it happened so quickly but it’s careless from Latrell’s point of view, the contact is made through the hip,” Parker said.

“He’s just coming across with his body but makes contact in a really awkward position. Careless may be a word that’s thrown up.”

“He might have a little bit to deal with, he comes in and his hip just collect Josh Addo-Carr in the head, it’s a tough one,” Ennis said.

“There’s so much responsibility on the fullbacks to try and save those tries, he was already out… the fact he used his body, it might just save him.”

Originally published as Latrell, Wighton learn fate over controversial incidents as Bulldogs star slapped with ban

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