Manly firebrand Addin Fonua-Blake may face a ban for referee abuse after the Sea Eagles’ controversial 14-12 loss to Newcastle.
Fonua-Blake was sent off after the siren following a dramatic ultimate minute at Lottoland, as Newcastle claimed simply their fourth ever win at Brookvale.
With the Knights main by two factors on the siren, Manly unfold the ball proper from inside their very own half as Tevita Funa broke down discipline.
The winger grubbered for himself from 20 metres out, however seemed to be taken to the bottom by Tex Hoy and Bradman Best after kicking.
Referee Grant Atkins referred the play upstairs, bunker official Jared Maxwell dominated no penalty and fulltime was blown – drawing anger from a variety of Manly gamers.
Jake Trbojevic and Fonua-Blake each crowded the referee earlier than the latter was sent off for calling Atkins a “f—–g retard” whereas Cherry-Evans appeared to problem the decision.
Fonua-Blake was sent from the sphere and later apologised to Atkins with tv audio clearly selecting up the comment. He may nonetheless face a ban.
A grade-two opposite conduct cost would appeal to a one-week ban if he takes an early responsible plea, whereas a grade-three cost would end result in two matches.
However it may very well be referred straight to the judiciary panel for a bigger ban.
“Obviously he sent Addin off so we need to look at that,” Manly coach Des Hasler mentioned.
“I think from Addin’s point of view it was emotion and frustration. You’ve got to take that. We have to wait and see what the charges and fall out of that is.”
Hasler mentioned he had not spoken to Fonua-Blake in element concerning the incident earlier than his press convention.
But he additionally insisted that Funa had been interfered with in the controversial play.
“He was certainly interfered with, otherwise they wouldn’t have gone to the video referee,” Hasler mentioned.
“I’ve to examine with Graham Annesley in regards to what the rule is in regards to the penalty and a shot at purpose.
“I’m positive it is nice and in the principles.”
The late drama overshadowed a gutsy win by the Knights that moved them into the highest 4.
Kalyn Ponga was certainly one of three gamers to complete the match off the sphere for the Knights, taken for a HIA after falling awkwardly in a contest for the ball.
In a second half that contrasted with the primary, Manly had 61 per cent of possession and had 22 tackles in the Knights’ purple zone.
But they may muster only one attempt, desperately lacking backline stars Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic as they collected a second consecutive loss with out them.
Manly’s solely second-half attempt got here when Cherry-Evans helped Cade Cust burst via from near the road from a Curtis Sironen offload in the 67th minute.
With Sione Mata’utia concussed and Edrick Lee struggling a damaged arm that landed him in hospital, the Knights performed nearly all of the match with 15 males.
Andrew McCullough made 48 tackles whereas David Klemmer ran 188 metres and fellow prop Daniel Saifiti managed 164.
The Knights had earlier dominated the ball in the primary half, capitalising on the primary Cherry-Evans sin bin of his profession for knowledgeable foul.
They scored eight factors whereas he was off the sphere earlier than Cherry-Evans obtained his revenge on his return as he jinked and stepped his manner over.
But a Kurt Mann attempt simply earlier than the break proved essential, making it 14-6 at hal-time after he did nicely to take a Mitchell Pearce kick.
“We are fully conscious of how onerous it’s to return to this place and limp away with a win,” Knights coach Adam O’Brien mentioned.
“There are some banged up fellas right here.”