NRL Players Izack Tago and Jacob Host Face Bans for Dangerous Tackles

Penrith Panthers' Izack Tago and South Sydney Rabbitohs' Jacob Host face potential suspensions for separate dangerous contact incidents during their NRL clash. Tago was sin-binned for a hip-drop tackle, while Host was penalized for a late tackle on a kicker.

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NRL Players Izack Tago and Jacob Host Face Bans for Dangerous Tackles

NRL Players Izack Tago and Jacob Host Face Bans for Dangerous Tackles

Penrith Panthers centre Izack Tago and South Sydney Rabbitohs back rower Jacob Host are facing potential suspensions following separate dangerous contact incidents during Thursday night's heated NRL clash between their teams. Tago has been hit with a Grade 2 charge for a hip-drop tackle on Rabbitohs fullback Jye Gray in the 6th minute, which saw the Panthers star sent to the sin bin. Gray required heavy strapping on his ankle and was unable to return to the field after halftime.

Commentator Cooper Cronk described Tago's tackle, saying, "He lost his legs, swung around the back, and the weight is directly on his ankle. You can't argue with that." If Tago accepts an early guilty plea, he will face a one-match suspension. However, should he choose to contest the charge and be found guilty, the ban could be increased to two matches.

Meanwhile, Jacob Host is staring down a two-match ban for a late tackle on Panthers halfback Brad Schneider, which also resulted in a sin-binning. The incident occurred with just 12 minutes remaining in the game, as Host made contact with Schneider's legs after a kick. As this is Host's second offence of this nature, he risks a three-match suspension if he challenges the charge unsuccessfully.

The match review committee has been vigilant in penalizing interference on kickers' legs this season, with the NRL cracking down on such tackles to prevent serious injuries. Wests Tigers halfback Aidan Sezer and Manly prop Josh Aloiai have also been charged for similar offences in recent weeks.

The potential suspensions come as a significant setback for both the Panthers and the Rabbitohs. Penrith will likely turn to Paul Alamoti to replace Tago, with the young centre having scored a try in each of his two appearances for the club this season. South Sydney, already dealing with a lengthy injury list, will probably call upon Tallis Duncan to fill in for Host, as he has been named 18th man for the past two games.

The Rabbitohs' injury woes were compounded during the match, with Jye Gray (ankle) and Dean Hawkins (quad) forced from the field. They join the likes of Campbell Graham, Lachlan Ilias, Tyrone Munro, Tevita Tatola, and Richie Kennar on the sidelines. However, the impending return of Latrell Mitchell from suspension will provide a much-needed boost for the team.

Discipline was also an issue for the Rabbitohs during the game, as they conceded three consecutive six-agains while defending their tryline and saw Cody Walker penalized for a high shot. Jai Arrow was sin-binned for an illegal steal in a three-man tackle, prompting commentator Cooper Cronk to question his decision-making, saying, "What the hell was Jai Arrow thinking? His team has just got off to a good start against a team that has won three in a row and now they're standing behind the tryline with a try to the Panthers."

Clubs await the final decisions on the charges against Tago and Host, they will need to plan accordingly to ensure they remain competitive in the weeks ahead. The loss of key players at this stage of the NRL season could prove crucial in shaping the fortunes of both the Panthers and the Rabbitohs as they strive for a finals berth.

Key Takeaways

  • Izack Tago faces 1-2 match ban for hip-drop tackle on Jye Gray.
  • Jacob Host faces 2-3 match ban for late tackle on Brad Schneider.
  • Both players were sin-binned during the Panthers-Rabbitohs match.
  • NRL cracks down on dangerous tackles to prevent serious injuries.
  • Suspensions could impact teams' chances in the NRL finals.