Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu escapes ban for flying knee challenge

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Storm ace Suliasi Vunivalu will avoid suspension for a freakish ploy to leap defenders NFL-style after being fined by the NRL's match review committee.

The athletic winger pulled off one of the most freaky moves seen in the NRL when he took a high ball and then tried to jump over the Sydney Roosters defensive line.

The Fijian, who is just one four-pointer shy of the Rabbitohs' Alex Johnston in the race to be crowned the NRL's leading try-scorer this year, was penalised for the mind-boggling manoeuvre.

Vunivalu was yesterday given a contrary conduct charge by the match review committee and can escape with a $1100 fine with an early guilty plea.

Vunivalu may have tried to hurdle Connor Watson and Aidan Guerra as he came to the defensive line, but his knees were at head height as they tackled him.

Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu was put on report against the Roosters after a truly inexplicable series of events.

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"I'm not quite sure what Suli was trying to do there, probably ask Suli, it was probably a bit of a brain fade", Bellamy said post-game.

"I think they're probably scratching their heads at home at the moment wondering what it was", Bellamy said. It was a pretty big play in the game, they scored at the end of that penalty.

Bellamy said because Vunivalu didn't actually hit any players with his knee it wasn't deserving of more than a penalty.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was equally puzzled but said it shouldn't be part of the game.

Attackers are allowed to jump defenders in the NFL, but it's banned in rugby league given the danger it presents to defenders.

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