Mitchell Moses fined for shocking act in Eels’ loss to Sea Eagles… as NRL points to big problem with Parramatta’s season so far: ‘That shouldn’t happen’
- Parramatta has lost its first three games of the season
- Mitchell Moses fined $750 for pulling Kelma Tuilagi’s hair in loss to Manly
- Eels winger Maika Sivo was fined for the same offense by the NRL
Parramatta star Mitchell Moses was fined $750 for pulling Kelma Tuilagi’s hair in the Eels’ 34-30 loss against Manly on Thursday night.
The winger appeared on the NRL charge sheet for misconduct on Friday alongside teammate Maika Sivo, who was found guilty of the same offense after pulling winger Christian Tuipulotu’s locks.
Sivo was also fined $750, but he and Moses will be available to play on Thursday night when the Eels welcome Penrith in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final.
“Good for the match review committee,” Manly chief executive Tony Mestrov told News Corp on Sunday.
“This kind of thing could have happened 30 years ago, but it doesn’t belong anymore.”
Mitchell Moses (centre) has been fined $750 by the NRL’s match review committee
The Eels running back was fined for pulling Kelma Tuilagi’s hair in the Eels’ 34-30 loss against Manly on Thursday night.
It’s been a dismal start to the season for Parramatta, who have lost three games in a row and already face an uphill battle to reach the final.
As poor as the Eels’ performances have been, NRL great Matty Johns suggested that Brad Arthur’s men have had a tough hand to play in the draw.
Manly came off a bye on Thursday night and the same will apply to Penrith and the Roosters, Parramatta’s next two opponents.
‘[The schedule] it’s a complete oversight when it comes to the draw,” Johns said on The Late Show with Matty Johns.
‘That shouldn’t happen.’
Moses, who missed two crucial conversions in a loss to the Sea Eagles on Thursday, has dominated the offseason discourse because of the deadlock between him and the club over a new deal.
The Eels have reportedly offered a four-year contract extension, but Moses’ management is looking at a longer deal.
The Eels are at the bottom of the ladder after losing their first three games of the season.
Earlier this month, the running back responded to reporters suggesting that contract negotiations had led him away from the game.
“These things take time,” he said.
‘People don’t know about the numbers that are involved. I think people are just guessing. The reporters are guessing and the reporters are guessing what the numbers are, they have no idea.
‘I didn’t set a deadline. I would have liked it to happen then, but it wasn’t like I said it had to be done. I was worried about my footy, and Parramatta has been great with that.’