Lachlan Lewis and Canterbury Bulldogs still bark about Cody Walker
Broken bulldog Christian Crichton, who was given ball boy duties at Cbus stadium, with a face mask, was also spotted getting involved in the scrum – he must have been dragged by Souths hooker Damien Cook – but escaped any sanction because half-time had already blown, and he was already with his teammates from the field.
Players playing the ball-picker role will be reminded not to get involved in the team’s celebrations on the pitch, which happened on Sunday when Latrell Mitchell joined in the festivities after Milne’s first try .
Players from Souths and Canterbury stay at the same hotel on the Gold Coast.
NRL football manager Graham Annesley declined to comment directly on the incident, but said it was “unusual” and “something I had never seen before”.
“As to what was involved and what motivated or triggered it, and whether there is any evidence Lachlan might want to give if he decides to defend the charge, that is a question for him and the club.” , said Annesely.
Canterbury coach Trent Barrett said after the match Lewis was “completely irrelevant” and was not entirely sure after the match why he was thrown in the trash when ‘he had never thrown a punch.
“I didn’t realize you could spend 10 minutes in the sin box when the game was stopped and you came back at half time… he didn’t touch it or anything,” Barrett said.
Referees, however, have the power to give players a brief delay if they believe a player has acted contrary to the laws of the game.
Lewis is expected to be selected for Canterbury’s clash against Cronulla on Sunday. The out-of-contract left-footer who has two rival Sydney clubs expressing an interest in his services for next year has kept Kyle Flanagan on the sidelines.
And in the absence of competition in reserve classes, Flanagan’s exodus in first grade could continue for a few more weeks.
Meanwhile, Alex Johnston, whose try-double took him to 24 for the season, and looks certain to win a second Ken Irvine medal, will be out for at least a month with a hamstring injury , paving the way for Jaxson Paulo or Josh Mansour to return.