NRL: Former Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak faces ban after sinbin offence

Former Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is set to be suspended after being sinbinned for a high shot on Penrith Panthers star Nathan Cleary.
Cleary, the New South Wales State of Origin scrumhalf, was dazed after the incident in the Panthers 28-0 rout of the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Tempers flared between the two sides after Watene-Zelezniak copped Cleary around the chin in the 70th minute, just seconds after the Penrith playmaker had brushed off a high tackle attempt by Bulldogs fullback Corey Allan.

Watene-Zelezniak was sinbinned for the rest of the game and has been placed on report.

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Nathan Cleary of the Panthers is helped up after a tackle by Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Bulldogs.

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He potentially faces a date with the NRL judiciary this week.


Cleary left the field and could be in doubt for next weekends clash with the Melbourne Storm, a repeat on last years grand final.

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Referee Peter Gough gives Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (5) the sinbin signal as Bulldogs teammate Josh Jackson watches.

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary refused to comment on Watene-Zelezniaks tackle, saying: "Everyone saw what happened.

But he said his son was not badly hurt.

"He's good actually, he passed his SCAT test but all signs at the moment is he's pretty good," Cleary said at the post-match press conference.

"There are protocols to go through, so we'll see what comes of it. We've got Matty Burton sitting in the background so maybe it's his week."

Penrith were leading 16-0 at the time of Watene-Zelezniaks banishment, and they scored two more tries with the Bulldogs down to 12 men.

Viliame Kikau scored the first of his two tries in the fourth minute, and Paul Momirovski also bagged a double.

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Latrell Mitchell of the Rabbitohs scored a try, kicked two goals and was sinbinned in South Sydneys win over Manly.

Meanwhile, the South Sydney Rabbitohs beat the Manly Sea Eagles 26-12, with Benji Marshall playing 40 minutes off the interchange bench. Souths won despite losing Latrell Mitchell (25th minute) and Jaydn SuA (79th) to yellow cards.

Former Warriors interim coach Todd Payten is still searching for his first win with North Queensland, with the Cowboys losing 25-18 to the Dragons in Townsville.


AT A GLANCE

Saturday NRL results

At Bankwest Stadium, Sydney: Penrith Panthers 28 (Viliame Kikau 2, Paul Momirovski 2 tries; Nathan Cleary 2, Stephen Crichton 2 goals) Canterbury Bulldogs 0. Yellow card: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (70min, Bulldogs). HT: 10-0.

At Brookvale Oval, Manly: South Sydney 26 (Cody Walker, Adam Reynolds, Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook, Alex Johnston tries; Reynolds goal, Mitchell 2 goals) Sea Eagles 12 (Lachlan Croker, Martin Taupau tries; Reuben Garrick 2 goals). Yellow cards: Latrell Mitchell (25min, Souths), Jaydn SuA (79min, Souths) HT: 14-6.

At Townsville: Dragons 25 (Mikaele Ravalawa, Josh Kerry, Ben Hunt, Zac Lomax tries; Lomax 4 goals, Corey Norman field goal) Cowboys 18 (Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Jake Granville tries; Holmes 3 goals). HT: 13-6.

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