Panthers hooker Api Koroisau failed in his attempt to overturn a one-game suspension in the NRL despite an “impressive” defense from coach Ivan Cleary.
Cleary represented Koroisau on Tuesday night instead of an attorney in a one-time attempt to help No.9 beat a charge of contrary conduct stemming from last weekend’s win over the Roosters.
Cleary impressed in his efforts to erase Koroisau from involvement in a brawl with Roosters executor Jared Waera-Hargreaves.
But despite his best efforts, that was not enough to convince the three-man panel of Ben Creagh, Bob Lindner and Dallas Johnson to acquit.
He will now miss Friday night’s clash with the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.
Koroisau also pointed out to the panel that there was no malice in his action, on the contrary, he “just wanted to let him (Waera-Hargreaves) know that what he was doing – trying to prey on a youngster. 19-year-old – was not sure. “
Earlier, Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak also failed to beat a contrary conduct charge for kneeling Cronulla’s Will Chambers in the head during a ball game.
A game ban will mean Watene-Zelezniak will miss the opportunity to celebrate his 150th game in the NRL against his former club, the Bulldogs.
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