Given the incident happened on the field and before he went up the tunnel, it is expected to fall under the MRC’s scope.
The result was well and truly decided at that point with Justin Holbrook’s side cruising at 28-0, ending the Sharks’ six-year finals run. The Titans will play the Roosters in an elimination final on Saturday.
A lot of hard work has been done, by those boys as well, has just come tumbling down
The result won’t be without concern for the Titans though after Mitch Rein (dangerous contact) and Jamal Fogarty (dangerous throw) were both placed on report for first-half incidents.
And it was a couple of Gold Coast stars with Sharks links who stuck the dagger into Cronulla, who butchered a chance to qualify for the finals when they were beaten by an under-strength Melbourne on Friday night.
Jayden Campbell, the son of Cronulla’s Dally M winner Preston, bagged two tries, while David Peachey’s nephew Tyrone starred at five-eighth as million-dollar man David Fifita set a club record with his 16th and 17th tries of the season.
“Dave gets talked about a lot and that’s his best option [coming off the bench] for us at the minute,” Holbrook said.
“I think he’s scored the most tries for any forward in the comp by a mile, made the most tackle busts. I think we’ve got to start enjoying the player in our competition, rather than thinking about what he can’t do. He’s not meant to do everything.
“If he’s stronger and faster than everybody, we can’t expect him to be the fittest as well.”
The Warriors should have opened the scoring from the first set of the game when Euan Aitken dropped the ball over the line after Marcelo Montoya’s acrobatic take. After that came one of the worst displays of the season.
Fifita’s first try gifted the Titans a 16-0 lead by half-time, and after he burrowed over from dummy-half three minutes into the second stanza there was only going to be one result.
Tevaga was the first to be binned when he ran in and crash-tackled Phillip Sami during a melee, which almost spilled into the first row of the grandstand when Fifita and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak confronted each other.
It was outdone on the next set when Evans, who was sin-binned last month for throwing a flurry of punches at Sharks niggler Will Chambers, again let loose at Wallace, who resented Lodge’s late tackle on Peachey.
The Titans have become statistically the worst team in the NRL era to make the finals, winning just 10 of their 24 games.
GOLD COAST TITANS 44 (David Fifita 2, Jayden Campbell 2, Mitch Rein, Brian Kelly, Patrick Herbert, Moeaki Fotuaika tries; Jamal Fogarty 6 goals) defeated NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 0 at Cbus Super Stadium. Referee: Ashley Klein.