Canberra Raiders young gun Hudson Young has been slammed for appearing to commit an eye gouge against the NZ Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
Young’s incident was the cherry on top of what turned out to be a dirty day for the Raiders, as they coughed up what should have been an easy win.
No replays were sent to the Bunker and Young played out the 24-20 loss to the Warriors, but fans were fuming about the incident.
It’s not the first time Young has been scrutinised for an eye gouge, having served a five-match suspension for a similar act against Canterbury’s Aiden Tolman back in round 12.
Hey @NRL @FOXNRLLive @FOXNRL Would’ve been nice if the Bunker actually did its job. This should be a sendoff for an eye gouge. He even had two cracks at it. Disgrace #NRLRaidersWarriors pic.twitter.com/oE1HcwDm7e— Gavin Abraham (@gavinabraham) September 7, 2019
Hudson Young might be set for one of the longest suspensions in recent memory.— Thomas Beauchamp (@T_Beauchamp23) September 7, 2019
Would like to see 20+ weeks for that eye gouge. NRL needs to set a precedent and rub such grubby acts out of the game permanently.#NRL #NRLRaidersWarriors
Hudson Young is a straight up thug. Give him 12 weeks— yungking (@tyhrblue) September 7, 2019
Couple of things out of that game:— Sezer’s Palace (@jackkcronin) September 7, 2019
1. Respect to the Warriors and stoked for RTS.
2. Commentators trying to act as if that loss will derail our season... STFU.
3. Hudson Young, disgusting. No place for that in the game, let alone a Raiders jersey. So so disappointed in him.
Just saw the eye gouge by Hudson Young. What a disgrace, his a rookie and just come back from suspension and he does it again? Dumb dumb dumb.— Rugby League News (@RugbyLeagueNews) September 7, 2019
See ya Hudson Young. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out. Finch is right, should be 20 weeks on the sideline #nrlraiderswarriors— Steve Zemek (@stevezemek) September 7, 2019
That'll be 2019 over for Hudson Young and probably a big chunk of 2020. Has to be 8+ weeks for that eye gouge. Horrific stuff. What on earth is he thinking. Had two cracks at it #NRL #NRLRaidersWarriors— Chris Kennedy (@CKennedy80) September 7, 2019
Raiders squander easy victory
Canberra have blown an eight-point lead in the final 12 minutes against the Warriors and will face Melbourne next weekend in a NRL qualifying final.
The Raiders looked set for a trip to Sydney to face the Roosters but fell to fourth on the ladder as the Warriors stormed home on Saturday afternoon to win 24-20.
There was more pain for Canberra coach Ricky Stuart after his forward Hudson Young appeared to rake the face of Warriors winger Adam Pompey.
Young copped a five-week ban earlier this season for eye-gouging.
The Warriors' win also locks up the other qualifying final in which will the Roosters will host South Sydney.
Canberra rested four players and were not in the form which took them to second top-four finish in 16 years.
The Warriors were playing for pride but started the stronger at GIO Stadium as Taane Milne played his first game for the club after a drug ban.
However, it was an incredible piece of athleticism from Raiders back-rower Elliott Whitehead which led to the first try of the game.
Jack Wighton grubbered into the in-goal before Whitehead made a superman dive over the dead-ball line and batted it back for Seb Kris to score.
The Warriors hit back through Lachlan Burr who crashed over from close range on the back of three-straight penalties on 20 minutes.
The New Zealand men took the lead when Adam Blair popped a pass to Pompey but the lead only lasted four minutes as Josh Papalii barged over.
The sides looked set to head into halftime at 12-12 before Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson sold a dummy kick and dummy pass to score with the final play.
Raiders winger Michael Oldfield dashed 50 metres down the sideline to score in the corner but injured his shoulder in the process on 54 minutes.
The Warriors scored one of the tries of the season when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck began a fifth-tackle play on halfway that went through 13 sets of hands before the skipper finished what he started.
Warriors halfback Blake Green completed the comeback with a show-and-go in the 76th minute to score next to the posts.
Raiders captain Jarrod Croker endured a forgettable afternoon off the tee, converting just two of five attempts at goal in breezy conditions.