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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.”



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