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Warriors Wayde Egan might have a case to answer in front of the NRL judiciary after he was involved in an awkward tackle with South Sydney’s Latrell Mitchell.
During the 65th minute of the match, Mitchell and Egan were tangled up after the Rabbitohs fullback was left furious following a previous tackle.
Footage appeared to show Egan’s fingers around Mitchell’s eyes with Fox Sports commentators Brenton Speed and Steve Roach questioning whether there was an eye gauge involved.
“Wayde Egan it is. Looks like he tried to choke Latrell out over the top there. He didn’t like it anyway,” Roach said.
Speed added: “Now, there’s some fingers around the eyes at one stage there. That could come under the microscope, that coming together between Egan and Latrell Mitchell.”
South Sydney scored back-to-back wins for the first time this year as fullback Latrell Mitchell starred against the hapless Warriors in a 40-12 win on Friday night.
Mitchell set up two tries and saved as many in a slick performance at the back as the Warriors crumbled under the pressure at Bankwest Stadium.
Two bullet passes from Mitchell gifted Campbell Graham and Alex Johnston tries in the first half to set up an unassailable 22-6 lead at the break.
A week after they trounced North Queensland in Gosford, the Warriors crumbled under a poor completion rate, maintaining their own trend of inconsistency this season.
Just three weeks ago the Warriors set an NRL record for most consecutive completed sets with 44 against St George Illawarra but they looked a far cry from that standard of performance on Friday night.
Instead, in front of a devoted crowd of 436 fans, it was the Rabbitohs who found their groove.
Souths ran in two easy tries within six minutes while Kodi Nikorima was in the sin bin for a professional foul midway through the first half.
Rabbitohs winger Dane Gagai had pinched an intercept 10 metres from his own line and raced 70 metres before he was brought down and Nikorima was pinged for attempting to slow him down.
Conversely, the Rabbitohs scored while milestone man Cody Walker was in the sin bin for repeated ruck interferences at the end of the first half.
Walker soon made up for his transgression, scoring through broken play on the line just minutes after he returned to cap off a memorable 100th NRL game.
Tries to Damien Cook and a second from Johnson off a perfectly-placed Walker chip-kick added to the impressive total in the second half.
The Warriors scored first, in the sixth minute, when Blake Green floated a ball out to winger David Fusitu’a, but that’s where the joy stopped until Agnatius Paasi grabbed a consolation try in the dying minutes.
Latrell’s possible hit-shot
South Sydney will now play Penrith in Campbelltown on Thursday, while the Warriors will travel to Melbourne to meet the Storm on Friday night.
– with AAP