Storm ahead Nelson Asofa-Solomona is within the firing line but once more for one more grubby act which might have induced severe harm to Warriors hooker Wayde Egan in Melbourne’s Friday night time 24-12 win in Auckland.

Asofa-Solomona, who was positioned on report thrice within the earlier two video games however evaded suspensions to obtain fines underneath the brand new judiciary system, was positioned on report however didn’t get marched even for a sin bin regardless of a blatant forearm to the pinnacle of Egan within the first half at Mt Sensible Stadium.

Fox League analyst Greg Alexander was bemused that the Storm prop escaped with solely a penalty for the hit.

“Head contact with power, that’s why gamers go to the bin,” Greg Alexander mentioned on Fox League.

“If [Jared] Waerea-Hargreaves was charged with grade-one contact [the night before], you realize he simply had his elbow and pushed down.

“Nelson’s come from a peak and are available down on the pinnacle of Wayde Egan. That’s obtained to be a grade-three harmful contact.

“That would have fairly simply damaged his jaw and I believed he did when he walked off.”

Fellow Fox League commentator Gorden Tallis mentioned NAS knew what he was doing when he launched his elbow into Egan’s head whereas he was on the bottom and was shocked he didn’t at the least get despatched to the sin bin by referee Peter Gough.

It wasn’t the one unsavoury incident involving a Melbourne participant with lock Josh King additionally placed on report within the 20th minute for grappling with the face of Jazz Tevaga in an identical incident to the one which led to Bulldogs ahead Corey Waddell getting a five-week ban through the week.

King and Asofa-Solomona face a nervous wait earlier than the match assessment committee declares its findings on Saturday as each gamers ought to face hefty bans for his or her respective incidents. 

Fortunately, Egan – who left the sphere to have his jaw checked – and Tevaga weren’t severely injured and capable of play on.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 29: Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm runs is tackled by Josh Curran of the Warriors during the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium, on July 29, 2022, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Nelson Asofa-Solomona. (Photograph by Phil Walter/Getty Photos)

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy mentioned he wasn’t certain in regards to the severity of every incident.

“I didn’t watch them carefully, I watched one replay of every of them. I didn’t assume there was an entire heap in it however that’s another person’s resolution, not mine,” he mentioned.

Warriors interim coach Stacey Jones was disenchanted his workforce was unable to hold with the Storm.

“The sport’s about moments. And the moments that mattered, we didn’t fairly get. I believed the hassle from the boys was excellent, I believed they dug deep at occasions,” he mentioned.

“Melbourne had been all the time going to come back with aggressiveness of their sport. He [Asofa-Solomona] obtained placed on report and the judiciary will take care of it. It wasn’t good, what occurred to Wayde as a result of it might have been quite a bit worse than what it was.”

The match itself adopted the script of the Storm ending their four-game shedding streak by accounting for the struggling Warriors.

Melbourne centre Justin Olam crashed over within the eighth minute for his eighth strive of the season and the guests ought to have gone additional in entrance however Grant Anderson bombed a sure strive when he fumbled a go after a Marion Seve break.

The hosts hit again by way of winger Edward Kosi earlier than Storm hooker Harry Grant touched down within the 28th minute to make it 10-4.

Kosi crossed for a second time within the left nook to chop the hole to 2 factors on the break earlier than Storm half Jahrome Hughes made it 16-Eight quickly after the restart when he dived over.

A Nick Meaney strive within the 53rd minute stretched Melbourne’s result in 14 however the fullback, within the position after Ryan Papenhuyen’s fractured kneecap, was pressured off halfway via the second stanza with a shoulder harm.

“It’d be a merciless blow to lose Nick, he’s been considered one of our greatest this yr. Simply how unhealthy it’s, I’m undecided,” mentioned Bellamy.

Kosi slid over for his treble with 15 minutes left to scale back the Storm’s result in 22-12 and provides the Warriors a sniff of victory.

A penalty objective made it a 12-point buffer to the Storm heading into the ultimate 10 minutes as they went on to report their fortunate 13th straight win over the Warriors.

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