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While the Broncos have been far from the pacesetters with three wins this year, the Raiders claimed a second win in nine games.
But it was a moment midway through the second half that had fans and commentators baffled as Kobe Hetherington was sensationally sent off.
The NRL crackdown has been in the news since Magic Round but after the Origin match, it was labelled “gutless” by NRL 360’s Paul Kent after one player was suspended despite several incidents in the match.
This was despite the NRL saying it would clamp down on the issue.
But earlier on Saturday, a high shot from the Gold Coast Titans’ Kevin Proctor was given a lenient punishment of a penalty despite it being reminiscent of shots that have been sin binned or sent off in previous weeks.
Andrew Voss said “The crackdown is officially broken because that’s a careless tackle” at the time.
But two matches later in the Raiders match against the Broncos, rookie Kobe Hetherington was sent off for a shot on Corey Harawira-Naera, despite the Raiders forward being ankle tapped into the line.
The score was already 32-10 so the match was already as good as gone but it was a baffling call with plenty of circumstance leading to the high shot.
Hetherington became the first Broncos player since Ben Walker in 1999 to be sent off after the heavy contact to the head.
However, there was nowhere Hetherington could have gone after the ankle tap from Tyson Gamble.
But Braith Anasta believed it could have been a sin bin.
Referee Chris Sutton had a different view however, sending him straight off.
“What? Are you serious?” Hetherington said.
Anasta said: “I don’t agree with that.”
“watch this, he gets ankle tapped here so he falls into the shoulder of Hetherington,” Anasta continued. “It’s 10 in the bin, I don’t think it’s sent off.
“I just feel there were circumstances there that if he wasn’t ankle tapped, he hits him around the chest. Because of the ankle tap, he falls immediately. A bit unlucky there for Hetherington to be sent off.”
Dan Ginnane said he thought that Sutton had looked at Harawira-Naera to make sure he was going off before making his decision.
Harawira-Naera went off but passed his HIA.
Fans were fuming over the call.
The Raiders ran in seven tries to three, claiming the side’s first win at home since round one.