Latrell charged for dangerous contact on Addo-Carr

Scott Bailey |

Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr embrace after South Sydney’s Good Friday win over Canterbury.
Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr embrace after South Sydney’s Good Friday win over Canterbury.

Latrell Mitchell is facing a fine of up to $2500 from the NRL after he was charged for the collision that left his close friend Josh Addo-Carr with a sickening concussion.

Mitchell was on Saturday hit with a grade-one dangerous contact charge by the match review committee, after his hip collected Addo-Carr in South Sydney’s 20-16 Good Friday win.

Rushing across to make a cover tackle, the South Sydney fullback collided with the Canterbury winger as he went over the sideline just before halftime.

Addo-Carr fell face first onto the ground as Mitchell attempted to hold up the Bulldogs winger and support him.

Referee Gerard Sutton could be heard saying to the bunker it appeared “incidental”, but on Saturday the match review committee deemed the challenge dangerous and worthy of a charge.

Mitchell is at no risk of missing matches for the charge, and can accept an $1800 fine with an early guilty plea.

Addo-Carr will miss next Friday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters, but was up walking around on the sideline after halftime.

Canterbury interchange prop Kurtis Morrin is also at risk of missing the Roosters clash, and is facing a three-game ban for a dangerous throw on Cameron Murray.

Morrin was sent to the sin bin in the second half as a result of the tackle, and can reduce his ban to two matches with an early guilty plea.

Morrin’s looming suspension comes as Canterbury second-rower Jacob Preston faces the potential of time out after scans showed a broken jaw following the loss.

Preston was involved in a collision with South Sydney’s Shaquai Mitchell and stayed down for an extended period as trainers checked on his jaw.

He passed a HIA and returned to the field, before later telling reporters he was “all sweet” after the tackle.

But scans confirmed a hairline fracture on Saturday, meaning he may miss a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Souths centre Jack Wighton avoided a charge after suggestions of an early hip-drop tackle on Preston.

AAP