Dylan Napa will escape suspension after being charged with a Grade One Careless High Tackle on the Raiders’ Joey Leilua late in the second half against the Raiders. But only just escapes:
A one-game suspension is issued with every 100 points, and Napa apparently doesn’t have any carry-over points, which is nice — and bloody unexpected.
This is huge news for a Roosters squad whose depth is already at breaking point, especially if Vincent Leuluai is out injured this week. LeDylan took home the 26Rounds co-Man of the Match award and gift card for $50 from Tandy Electronics (it’s in the mail) for his performance against the Raiders, and he would have been sorely missed against a Cowboys pack that scored a similar bonus with the news star prop Matt Scott will also avoid a suspension with an early plea for a crusher.
But perhaps the Match Review Committee realised NapTime was doing the NRL a favour? Because in a delicious twist, the guy Napa hit, former Rooster and faux-Bad Boy Leilua, faces a one game suspension for lashing out with a closed fist following the hit, and a further two games for a spear tackle made earlier in the game:
I don’t know what makes me happier: seeing Napa get off when we needed him most, or seeing Leilua face three games for doing Leilua-type things. All I know is the combination of the two is gloriously hilarious.