Jack Wighton’s hopes of claiming NSW’s left centre spot have taken a success with the Canberra star charged for a harmful throw on Reece Walsh.
Wighton was issued with a grade-two cost on Sunday, set to cop a two-game ban with an early responsible plea whereas risking a 3rd match if he fights it and loses.
It means Wighton will possible have simply two extra matches to make his case to fill in for Latrell Mitchell in Origin I, with South Sydney’s injured marquee man anticipated to overlook the collection opener on June 8.
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The Wighton cost comes simply two days after Manly second-rower Karl Lawton was despatched off for his harmful throw on Cameron Murray.
Manly have been nonetheless contemplating whether or not to battle Lawton’s four-game ban on Sunday, with a choice needing to be made by noon Monday.
Wighton’s throw, by which he lifted Walsh’s leg in a two-man sort out with Hudson Younger, didn’t find yourself as harmful as Lawton’s.
The actual fact Wighton was not sin-binned might additionally elevate eyebrows with the NRL, given he has been handed the extra critical grade-two cost.
Wighton’s case for the NSW No.3 jumper has not been as robust because the likes of Stephen Crichton, Siosifa Talakai or Kotoni Staggs however he’s a real choice for Brad Fittler having been chosen there beforehand.
He performed centre for the Blues two years in the past in 2020, and performed off the bench for NSW within the first two video games final season earlier than being referred to as in at five-eighth for Sport III.