Panthers star Jarome Lua has escaped punishment for what some believed to be a kick out on an opponent during the grand final win over the Eels.
Luai has not been charged by the match review committee for what looked like a kick on Parramatta forward Isaiah Papali’i during the Panthers’ 28-12 win over the Eels
The incident in question occurred in the 24th minute as the Panthers were trying to forge their way forward once again.
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Luai’s teammate Brian To’o was being tackled by a pair of Parramatta players, with Papali’i one of them. As the tackle was completed, Luai approached and appeared to kick Papali’i in the back.
The incident went unpunished at the time, but eagle-eyed fans on social media did not miss it.
The match review committee, however, has not been so kind to Eels forward Ryan Matterson.
Matterson faces a three-to-four week suspension for a crusher tackle on Penrith fullback Dylan Edwards.
It’s only a grade-one charge but Matterson has two prior offences this year, leading to the long suspension.
Penrith claimed its second straight premiership after dominating the grand final on Sunday night.
To’o scored two tries, while Stephen Crichton, Charlie Staines and Scott Sorensen also hit the scoreboard.
The Panthers led 28-0 before two late consolation tries for Eels captain Clint Gutherson and Jakob Arthur in the final five minutes of the match.
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