Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Gold Coast Titans have defied the odds of most pundits heading into the final round of the 2021 NRL season by qualifying for their first finals series in five years as they beat the New Zealand Warriors earlier this afternoon in crazy circumstances, as a total of four players spent time in the sin bin.
We would see this game start to fire up following Matt Lodge’s high shot on Jarrod Wallace that would see the former Bronco be placed on report, with both Lodge and Wallace left fuming.
Mere minutes later a scuffle would breakout between players from both sides, with Jazz Tevaga coming in late to put a shot on Phillip Sami, which would see the Warriors utility be sent to the sin bin.
Jazz Tevaga has been sent for 10 in the bin.
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) September 5, 2021
Following another couple of minutes yet another scuffle would break out with Kane Evans being sin-binned for punching Jarrod Wallace in the head, with Wallace and Matt Lodge also being sent for ten for their involvement in the situation.
This is the second time this season that Evans has been sin-binned for throwing punches, as he was also charged for punching Will Chambers against the Sharks in round 21, and will certainly be facing a lengthy stay on the sidelines for this repeat offence.
Evans is contracted to the Warriors until the end of next season, but had reportedly rubbed most at the club the wrong way following the incident in the game against Cronulla, so it’s safe to say that the power brokers at the club will not be amused with his antics in this one either.
In 2021, Evans has appeared for the Warriors on 13 occasions, making eight tackle breaks, 370.6 post contact metres, averaging 68 run metres per game and has made 229 tackles for an efficiency rate of 95%.
While the Warriors season has ended on a very sour note, not only due to the loss but the manner in which it happened, the Titans will now gear up for their first finals appearance in five years as they collide with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, with the winner facing the loser of the Storm and Sea Eagles game the night before, and the loser being eliminated from this year’s competition.