Brisbane’s Anthony Milford has been charged after pulling the hair of Penrith’s Corey Harawira-Naera in the Broncos’ big win on Friday night.
Milford has been hit with a grade-one contrary conduct charge over the incident late in the second half, which prompted Harawira-Naera to chase him down field.
The Broncos five-eighth faces a fine of up to $1500 but can have the it reduced down to $1150 if he enters an early guilty plea.
NRL fans slammed the Brisbane playmaker over the incident, which has been described as “disgraceful” by some.
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Harawira-Naera stopped in front of Milford, who took issue with the block and pulled his opponent down to the ground by his hair.
Milford was chased by a furious Harawira-Naera as play continued.
The Fox Sports commentators chuckled over the incident and some fans also had a good laugh over it:
— The Full 80 NRL Podcast (@TheFull80) July 20, 2018
So. Milford trying to collect Corey’s hair for Lockyer.#NRLBroncosPanthers
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin1960) July 20, 2018
milford pulling a big dudes hair & getting chased is hilarious😂😂 reminds me of tom & jerry#NRLBroncosPanthers
— TK (@SekiTonyy) July 20, 2018
— Ash Brewin. (@FastAshFurious) July 20, 2018
Others, however, were not happy with the Broncos player or the referees:
— NRL Talk Youtube (@nrltalkyoutube) July 20, 2018
How does Milford not get sin-binned for pulling a player down by the hair, off the ball? Then runs away afterwards? He yaps away all game at opponents then does that…. #NRLBroncosPanthers
— ParraTillIDie 🏈 (@ParraTillIDie) July 20, 2018
In typical Ashley Klein fashion, he completely ignores the fact that, that gronk Anthony Milford blatantly pulls someone else’s hair from his head. AM I WATCHING THE SAME GAME?!???!?!?!? #NRLBroncosPanthers
— Siale Langi (@SialeOnSports) July 20, 2018
Broncos 5/8 Anthony Milford admitted to @abcgrandstand that he did pull the hair of Penrith’s Corey Harawira-Naera before the Panthers forward ran into the Broncos defensive line and tried to knock Milford’s block off. Wonder if a fine is coming from @NRL #DogAct
— Zane Bojack (@zanofc) July 20, 2018
How on earth did he not get sin binned? Disgraceful from Milford!
— Brendan Gustafson (@pepino55) July 20, 2018
— Stephen W T Gallagher (@SWTGallagher) July 20, 2018
Be nice to have the ref's help Penrith for a change.. Check the hair pull joke. Milford is a disgrace
— Christian piggott (@birthingrocket) July 20, 2018
Tevita Pangai Jr starred as the near-perfect Broncos completed 20 of 21 sets in the first half to leap to a 32-0 lead and finish 50-18 victors.
Pangai Jr (two tries) was unstoppable in his 31-minute comeback from a hamstring niggle, while Jamayne Isaako, who signed a four-year deal on Thursday, was electric in the No.1.
Off-contract Pangai Jnr’s stocks will only rise after his dominant showing in a week where raw 18-year-old teammate Payne Haas signed a five-year, $3.4 million extension.