NRL world left raging over 'laughable' let-off for Melbourne prop

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Nelson Asofa-Solomona escaped sanction over a hit on Wayde Egan that left the Warriors player with several broken teeth. Pic: Ch9
Nelson Asofa-Solomona escaped sanction over a hit on Wayde Egan that left the Warriors player with several broken teeth. Pic: Ch9

The NRL's match review committee (MRC) has been condemned by footy fans after deciding not to charge Melbourne's Nelson Asofa-Solomoma over an ugly incident in Friday night's win over the Warriors.

Melbourne snapped a four-game losing streak after beating the Warriors 20-10 at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium, but it was an incident involving Melbourne's prop that has dominated headlines.

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Asofa-Solomona's hit on Wayde Egan left the Warriors hooker with a suspected broken jaw after only a few minutes of action.

While Egan returned to the field, it was an act that saw the Storm prop placed on report and left the big Mt Smart crowd incensed.

Seen here, Melbourne's Nelson Asofa-Solomona takes a hit-up in the NRL match against the Warriors.
Melbourne's Nelson Asofa-Solomona is free to play next round after escaping punishment for an incident against the Warriors. Pic: Getty

Replays appeared to show the Storm prop's elbow make contact with Egan's head, before driving the Warriors player forcefully to the ground.

The incident reportedly left Egan with several broken teeth but surprisingly, but the MRC did not see enough to warrant charging Asofa-Solomona.

League Immortal Andrew Johns said it was a "laughable" decision from the MRC to let off the the Storm prop, who he argued had "nothing but intent to hurt (Egan)".

"It's laughable - look I back the players all the time, and I don't apologise for that but to me, that's four months' suspension," Johns said on Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

"Honestly? Nothing for that, or a fine?

"There was nothing but intent to hurt him. That's what it was.

"He had his elbow (on Egan's face), and he knows it's there and then he winds up knowing that the head would hit the ground and it would recoil and just smash him in the face."

Asofa-Solomona's former Storm teammate Billy Slater agreed with Johns that the prop was lucky to stay on the field for the ugly incident.

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The MRC's decision not to charge the Melbourne star also left the NRL community incensed.

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