NRL news 2023, Junior Paulo sin binned for high tackle in Eels win over Panthers


Parramatta’s epic round four victory over Penrith could come at a cost.

Eels co-captain Junior Paulo was sin-binned in the final minute of regular time at CommBank Stadium for a nasty shot on a Panthers debutant.

Paulo leapt off the ground and his arm wrapped around the head of Zac Hosking.

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“This might be more serious (than a penalty),” Billy Slater said on Nine as referee Ashley Klein called Paulo over, before binning him.

A grade one careless high tackle can carry a monetary fine, but a grade two or three comes with a suspension.

Any ban for Paulo would be a significant blow to the Eels, who lost their opening three games of the season before Thursday’s golden point victory.

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Penrith hooker Mitch Kenny was also sin-binned early in extra time, before Eels halfback Mitchell Moses knocked over the winning field goal.

The Panthers will be missing bench hooker Soni Luke next week after he suffered a category one concussion.

Luke was steamrolled by Parramatta backrower Bryce Cartwright and will miss at least 11 days, under the NRL’s new concussion protocols.

J’Maine Hopgood of the Eels also left the field for a head injury assessment, but passed.

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