Should Penrith have received another conversion? Coaching drama emerges from thriller Eels-Panthers

Panthers coach Pete Green dealt with Mitch Kenny in last year’s series finale – a moment that cost him his spot in the next two games.Credit:NRL Photos

The NRL said it would look into the incident.

“We are aware of the matter but like all incidents over the weekend they will automatically be reviewed at the end of the round,” said NRL chief football officer Graham Annesley.

The Panthers declined to comment, insisting the issue was an NRL operational matter.

Last year, the Panthers were fined $25,000 and had their coach suspended for two games after ruling he had stopped play unnecessarily when he asked the linesman to stop the game to treat the injured hooker.

NRL rules at the time stated that the coach had to carry out an ‘initial assessment’ before requesting a stoppage of play due to a ‘serious injury’.

The rules have since changed as a result of the case. The NRL during the off-season removed the right of coaches to stop play if a player is injured, but made exceptions for hits to the head.

bunny business

Don’t be surprised if the NRL asks South Sydney to explain why the Integrity Unit only learned of Cody Walker’s Central Coast fight immediately after a News Corp reporter contacted the club for a comment.

Tension is rising between the NRL and South Sydney following revelations that Rabbitohs debutant Trent Peoples was cleared to play against Brisbane on Thursday night without approval.

The NRL say it could have cost South Sydney two points had they toppled Adam Reynolds and the Broncos on Thursday.

The Rabbitohs blame an NRL system error for the blunder, given he was approved to play the previous week.

The NRL has allowed training and test players to play year-round to ease the pressure caused by COVID-19. Paperwork for Peoples to play was reportedly approved, but has not been filed.

Nikorima eyes Souths debut

The Rabbitohs are hoping mid-season signing Kodi Nikorima will be available to play his first game for the club off the bench this weekend.

Nikorima will face his former club in his first game for the Bunnies when they take on the Warriors in the Magic Round.

No Magical Vanishing Act

Queensland won’t be giving up Magic Round anytime soon. We learn that as part of their deal to save the NRL from COVID-19 last year, which saw the Grand Final played at Suncorp Stadium, the Queensland Government reached an agreement with the NRL for several pieces of content from rugby league.