Penrith forward Viliame Kikau has been found guilty of a Dangerous Throw at the NRL Judiciary tonight.
He will miss Penrith’s Preliminary Final against either Souths or Parramatta but will be available for the Grand Final should the Panthers make it.
Kikau was charged over a first half tackle on Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in Penrith’s 29-28 win last Friday night.
Kikau attended the hearing via video link due to the NRL’s COVID-19 protocols.
The NRL counsel argued that all three key components of a dangerous throw were met and that Kikau should be outed for the Preliminary Final on October 17.
Kikau’s legal representative, Nick Ghabar, argued that circumstances made the tackle look like a lifting tackle, but the actual tackling motion did not support the NRL’s claim.
He argued that Waerea-Hargreaves’ actions, and the involvement of Jarome Luai, contributed to how the tackle looked.
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