St George-Illawarra star Tariq Sims could be in danger of missing the State of Origin opener on June 9 after a bizarre clash in last night’s loss to the Wests Tigers.
Amid the NRL’s unapologetic crackdown on contact with the head, Sims was lucky enough to go unpunished for a stray knee that caught Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle in the head.
The incident happened 30 seconds into the second half, with the Tigers rake sent crashing to the turf by the contact.
Liddle was the third man into a tackle on Sims only for the ball-carrier to raise his knee into the 24-year-old’s jaw. The contact caused Liddle to fall to the ground but the bizarre moment was deemed accidental by the bunker, meaning Sims avoided punishment.
Despite the contact Liddle was allowed to play on for three more minutes before being taken for a Head Impact Assessment.
Liddle passed his HIA and emerged from the sheds 13 minutes later but it would come as no surprise if Sims was cited by the NRL Match Review Committee for the contact.
While it may have been ruled incidental by the bunker, several high shots over the last couple of rounds which have been deemed accidental by commentators has still raised the ire of officials and dealt with the heavy hand of the law.
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Sims has a lengthy charge sheet during his career and is coming off a suspension from the Dragons game against the Storm in Round Ten.
Sims risks being the third player ruled out for the interstate clash because of a ban after the Blues were dealt a huge blow this week with Roosters pair Victor Radley and Angus Crichton rubbed out of the Origin opener due to suspensions.
Raiders star Josh Papali’i will miss Game One for Queensland after an early guilty plea for a high shot on Bulldogs rookie Tui Katoa.
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