Leo Thompson facing ban for Ryan Papenhuyzen tackle, Knights v Storm result


UPDATED: Newcastle Knights prop Leo Thompson has been charged by the match review committee for an ugly incident in his side’s win against the Storm.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Thompson earned the ire of the referee after he played a role in up-ending Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The superstar fullback went up to catch a bomb, but fell on his back after being collected by Thompson, who didn’t contest the ball.

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The front-rower was placed on report by the official and was on Monday morning hit with a grade two dangerous contact charge.

Thompson will miss one game with an early guilty plea and risks a further week on the sidelines should he contest the charge and lose at the judiciary.

Papenhuyzen’s effort was described as “spectacular” at the time, but the fullback managed to get straight up despite the scary nature of his fall. 

“It takes the wind out of you landing like that,” Steve Roach said on Fox League.

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Melbourne came into the match at Newcastle severely down on troops with Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Christian Welch, Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster all missing.

The lack of cohesion from both sides was on full display with the Knights making 12 errors and the Storm coming up with 13.

Newcastle led at half-time 14-0 after tries to Dane Gagai and Enari Tuala along with a Kalyn Ponga penalty goal.

The Storm hit back through Papenhuyzen in the 48th minute but didn’t score again until the 75th when Tyran Wishart fooled Jayden Brailey with a dummy.

With the score 14-12, Papenhuyzen attempted a two-point field goal in the dying minutes but was unsuccessful, with the Knights claiming their first win of the season. 

Newcastle play the Warriors in New Zealand in round four while Melbourne has the bye. 



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