CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Elliot Whitehead of the Raiders passes during the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Canberra Raiders have made a decision on Elliott Whitehead’s tripping charge from Friday night’s match against the Broncos.

Whitehead has taken the early guilty plea on a grade two tripping charge and will miss one match and incur 50 carry-over points.


Canberra Raiders forward Elliott Whitehead is facing time on the sidelines for a trip on Alex Glenn in Friday night’s loss to the Broncos.

Whitehead has been handed a Grade 2 tripping charge by theMatch Review Committee.

If Whitehead takes the Early Plea he will miss one match but if he fights the charge and losses, he faces two weeks on the sideline.

The Raiders are yet to make a decision on the charge and will review the incident before entering a plea.


  1. Cheaper to elbow ,slap or punch ,,,, wait n see , the dirtiest SOO series since the 80’s is round the corner ,,,,

  2. Am I the only person who saw Thurston twice shoulder charge just before half time with no penalty. Or am I just being picky because he gets away with almost as much crap as Can Smith.

    • Your 100% , you also seen a try pulled up yesterday (I would think ) for obstruction,the same movement was dismissed and the Titans where on the back of 2 dud ref calls ,,, NRL is a joke ,

  3. You wanna talk about dud reffing decisions, how about the ref calling a knock on against Peter Mata’utia on the weekend when there was nothing that even resembled a dropped ball. It’s understandable to maybe miss an actual knock on but to see something that wasn’t even there is completely inexcusable. That sort of decision should see Henry Perenara never control another first grade game again. Complete incompetence. Nothing will be done though, Archer will hide behind the fact it didn’t matter in the context of the game cause the score was a blow out. NRL wonder why fans don’t bother spending money to go to the game.

  4. Two dud ref calls in the Parra game and they were both committed by Maloney.
    One was a clear professional foul that should have resulted in ten in the bin and the other was a blatant head high tackle. The head high tackle was across the chin of Bevan French but Parra didn’t even get a penalty for it. It seems that now the Sharks are the reigning premiers they are a protected species.
    I doubt the result would have been any different for Parra but it was 6 all with Parra attacking the line when Maloney committed a professional foul. He should have been sent to the bin and Parra would have had a full set ten out from the sharks line.
    Also the idea of the 2nd ref is to police the ten metres.
    In that game the Sharks were never back more than 6 metres. The ref was back ten and not once was the Sharks defensive line in line with him.
    Not blaming all of this on the loss as Parra were one dimensional and very sloppy but it is just another clear case of Rugby league having the worst standard of refereeing in any sport.

    • Kev, agree with you there but was reluctant to say so due to possible allegations of bias….
      The inconsistency from game to game and play to play is there for all to see of late. Jackson got binned for the same professional foul offence in the Dogs game but Ceccin declined to take action against Jimmy Maloney for a blatant prof foul – the fact that the offence occurred after two straight penalties against the sharks in the set should have made him take stronger action. The blight of professional fouls will be easily eradicated again if the refs took the action they should – bin the player involved, but no they don’t have any bollocks these days to do it. In times not that long ago a professional foul resulted in a ten minute stint in the bin but the refs have gone soft on this aspect of the game and players are happy to commit it knowing they will concede a penalty and get the time to reset their defensive line and disrupt the attacking teams momentum.
      Also, how Maloney got away without even a penalty or warning dumbfounds me – it was a classic old fashioned coat hanger.
      The ten metres was more like 6 all night (and for both teams).
      AS you say, the way they played on Sat night the Eels were never going to win the contest but seriously how those two decisions came to be makes you wonder.

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