While chasing down a loose ball in the dying stages of the first half, Harper collected the Cowboys' fullback late and high, drawing a Grade 1 Dangerous Contact charge upon appraisal by adjudicators.
Given the 23-year-old's previously spotless record in this respect, Harper has managed to avoid suspension, instead sustaining a $1000 fine for an effort that was described as "blatant" by Fox League's Andrew Voss.
"Bit on the blatant side" 😱
What was your thoughts on this Harper knee⁉️
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) June 17, 2022
Should Harper choose to fight the charge and prove unsuccessful, the Hamilton-born back will be asked to stump up $1500 for the collision that could only be viewed as clumsy at best.
The incident sought to sour what was an already bitter night for those clad in maroon and white, with Manly coughing up a 26-12 lead to Todd Payten's fast-finishing visitors, eventually going down 26-28.
After managing to avoid suspension, Harper will be free to face the travelling Melbourne Storm at home following the cessation of the international break scheduled for next weekend.