Warriors halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita could be in hot water for New Zealand’s second round clash next Friday.
Warriors halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita could be in hot water for New Zealand’s second-round clash next Friday, after being cited for tripping.
The Warriors enjoyed a comfortable 19-6 win over the Titans, with Harris-Tavita’s incident the only real sore spot.
Five minutes into the second half, a bomb from Jamal Fogarty was fielded by Ken Maumalo, but brought back for an off-the-ball incident involving the former teammates.
“Harris-Tavita’s tripped Patrick Herbert,” said match commentator Greg Alexander.
“[He’s] stuck his leg out backwards to trip Herbert.”
The young half had earlier been penalised for taking out Titans winger Anthony Don.
But while a penalty was sufficient for that incident, he was placed on report for tripping for his second offence.
“The issue is he’s actually stuck his back leg out, which is a bit different to holding your ground,” referee Ashley Klein told Warriors’ skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Alexander blasted the Titans after the game, saying they hadn’t lived up to pre-season expectations.
“All the hype about the new signings but the Warriors were just too good for them this afternoon,” he said.
New Titan David Fifita was equally critical of his team.
“We didn’t capitalise on our opportunities and discipline in the middle, on the edges and defensively we weren’t good enough, including myself,” Fifita told Fox Sports.