Sharks forward Teig Wilton has been suspended after his side was accused of targeting an injured Mitchell Moses during a spiteful clash with the Eels on Saturday night.
Moses, who suffered a leg knock and required treatment early in the game, was on the receiving end from the Sharks in a bruising encounter won 18-16 by the home side.
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After scoring from a sensational chip and chase, Moses lashed out angrily at Jesse Ramien after the Sharks center made a late attempt to tackle him.
Then came the real flashpoint moment.
As Moses put up a bomb in the second half, backrower Wilton took out his legs with the Eels playmaker landing awkwardly.
He again reacted angrily, clearly unhappy with the treatment he was receiving and the Sharks enforcer was placed on report.
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“They’re clearly targeting Moses today,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane said of the incident.
“Both his legs were off the ground there. That was ugly.
“They’ve made a concerted effort to really go at Moses, particularly after he got that injury.”
The match review committee charged Wilton on Sunday with grade two dangerous contact and he’ll miss one game with an early guilty plea, or two if he loses at the judiciary.
Eels coach Brad Arthur was asked about Wilton’s late hit in the post-match press conference and he pulled no punches.
“We got a penalty for it, so you know you can’t do it,” Arthur said.
“I am not 100% sure what the rule is there, but if it is a sin-bin offense I am sure they will put him in there.”
The Eels appeared set for the last laugh as they led the game with seconds left on the clock when Matt Moylan put Wilton through a gap to level the scores.
New signing Nicho Hynes slotted the conversion to send the home crowd into delerium.
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