Vunivalu es­capes sus­pen­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE winger Su­liasi Vunivalu has es­caped NRL sus­pen­sion for his bizarre fly­ing knees in­ci­dent.

Vunivalu was on Sun­day given a con­trary con­duct charge by the match re­view com­mit­tee and can es­cape with a $ 1100 fine with an early guilty plea. The Fi­jian pro­vided one of the odd­est mo­ments of the NRL sea­son when he leapt with raised knees be­tween two tack­lers as he re­turned the ball from a kick dur­ing the Storm’s 16- 13 win over the Syd­ney Roost­ers on Satur­day night. Vunivalu may have tried to hur­dle Con­nor Wat­son and Ai­dan Guerra as he came to the de­fen­sive line, but his knees were at head height as they tack­led him. He was pe­nalised and put on report.

“I’m not quite sure what Suli was try­ing to do there, it was prob­a­bly a bit of a brain fade,” Storm coach Craig Bel­lamy said. “Hope­fully he learns a les­son and he doesn’t do it again.”

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