MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Tautau Moga of the Broncos looks dejected after losing the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Newcastle centre Tautau Moga has pleaded guilty after being charged for assaulting a taxi driver on Boxing Day last year, as reported by the Newcastle Herald. 

Police facts given to the court showed the 25-year-old with another man on King Street at about 10pm, where he was refused entry into an establishment.

The two men proceeded to enter the back of a taxi cab outside the King Street Hotel, before Tautau leaned to the driver saying: "Are you dumb?" whilst slapping him.

The driver responded: "What's happening brother?". Tautau then ignored him, slapped the driver a second time asking the same: "Are you dumb?"

Police then found both men at a McDonalds on King Street soon after.

The man who was with the Knights player provided his licence, but it was said in the court that Tautau produced a Visa card along with a fake date of birth.

After becoming hostile with Police, he was arrested and taken to Newcaste Police station.

Moga came in contact with the taxi driver and apologised for his actions following the incident.

"It is something that he deeply regrets and doesn't want this matter to define him," Moga's lawyer Mark Evans told the court.

Moga received three different character references, which were given to the court testifying the players decent character.

Moga, who was seen as a role model among young people, was studying to be a youth worker at his local church.

The court announced that although assault was within the lower range findings, the driver of the taxi was a vulnerable victim, causing the hearing to find Moga guilty.

"When people have too much to drink they sometimes do stupid things, as you did," she said.

"You want to be a role model, this is not the way to go about it," she said.

Moga was placed on a 6 month conditional release order, and is expected to face a hefty fine from the Knights following the club's new behaviour policy.


  1. zerotackle that young bloke plays for the Newcastle Knights why is he wearing a Broncos jersey don’t rubbish to Brisbane brand with a bloke who used to play for Brisbane he got in trouble playing at the knights so put him in A Knight’s jersey.

    What’s with all the ADDs on your site they’re a real pain in the ass

  2. The NRL need to apply consistent punishment in the form of a suspension for Moga. While Newcastle need to fine him big time.🎱🎯🎱🎯🎱

  3. Agree with everyone else here. Why the Bronco’s jersey? There’s plenty of pics around of him in his Knights jumper.
    Woodchoock is right about punishment too. Not sure if anyone here has seen the media release on the Knight’s website yesterday, but they’ve basically said nothing in relation to fines or penalties, only that no further comment will be issued. Sounds rather like a lot is not going to happen, maybe they see it as okay to strike someone twice so long as you apologise.
    Great role model there.
    I’ll say PLEASE can we get rid of all these f**cling adds between the story and comments. It’s destroying an otherwise good site.

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