Rugby league legend Brad Fittler is given the NRL Bunker a blast for allowing Matt Lodge to stay on the field on Saturday.
Lodge was placed on report for lifting his elbow into the head of Canberra forward Corey Harawira-Naera.
Lodge has escaped with a $1000 fine for what the match review committee deemed grade-one dangerous contact.
Later in the game, Lodge earned a penalty from the referee for laying down after a tackle and exaggerating contact. The penalty kick tied the game, before a Shaun Johnson field goal completed the Warriors comeback.
“Matt Lodge elbows a bloke in the head, and just gets penalised, then lies down after getting a little tap on the forward and draws the penalty that draws the game and gives them a chance to win,” Fittler told Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“I thought that was awful. That was a bad elbow, got him straight in the head. He only got penalised.
“If I’m in the Bunker… they had absolutely no feel for the game. I saw that, I’m going ‘there’s no way in the world I’m giving a penalty in this situation’. He barely touched him.
“(His elbow should be) minimum sin-bin. Minimum. Seriously. It was straight at his head.”
Fellow legend Billy Slater agreed with Fittler.
“Forceful contact to the head in any form is a sin-bin,” Slater said.
“And that (later incident) is not a penalty.”