The 25-minute incident also saw Talakai sent to the sin bin and he is now facing a six-week suspension, with an early guilty plea reducing that to four weeks.
But in typical NRL fashion, Talakai’s hit on Doorey has divided the rugby league community with plenty believing the hit was perfectly legal, while others think it was a textbook shoulder charge.
Six week charge for Sifa Talakai? You’ve got to be joking @NRL wasn’t a shoulder charge, it’s not his fault he hammered the bloke. He didn’t lead with the shoulder and arm by his side.
— John Vizzone (@JVizzone) April 25, 2021
Fairly textbook shoulder charge from Talakai – not sure I'd have graded it 3, but even so, it wasn't a great shot
— Tim (@TimothyJ_23) April 25, 2021
Due to Talakai being sent to the sin-bin and Doorey failing his HIA following the hit, the Bulldogs were the first club to make use of the new 18th man rule.
Bulldogs utility Brandon Wakeham played the last few minutes of the match after being named as the club’s 18th man.
Siosifa Talakai spends 10 minutes in the bin for this MASSIVE shoulder charge!
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) April 24, 2021