Matt Lodge has been fined $5,000 by the NRL, as the Warriors promise to take action against the players who misbehaved in their loss to Gold Coast on Sunday.
- Lodge was sin-binned against the Titans and raised his middle finger to the crowd as he left the field
- Kane Evans and Jazz Tevaga also spent time in the sin-bin
- Warriors chief executive Cameron George says he is “extremely disappointed” in the behaviour of the players
Lodge, Kane Evans and Jazz Tevaga were all sin-binned after separate melees broke out within the final 15 minutes of Sunday’s 44-0 loss in Robina.
Former Brisbane prop Lodge then doused himself in more controversy when he raised his middle finger to the booing crowd as he left the field.
It prompted the NRL to fine Lodge on Monday, with the Warriors vowing to address player behaviour.
“I’m extremely disappointed. I sat there lost for words,” Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.
“We fell well below a performance we’ve grown to expect in our group this year.
“I know it was the last game, there wasn’t anything to play for in terms of the ladder, but there was an awful lot to play for in terms of our pride and our club and our jumper and that was let down.”
Evans is facing seven weeks on the sidelines for two separate charges from the NRL’s match review committee, but with early guilty pleas he will miss five matches.
Tevaga has received a $1,900 fine from the NRL.
Lodge has also been charged for a high tackle on Tyrone Peachey and is facing a one-match ban.
It is the third time since Lodge’s mid-season move from the Broncos to the Warriors that he has been charged by the match review committee.
This year he has pleaded guilty to five charges and missed four matches through suspension.
George said all three sin-binned players were remorseful after the match.
“Regardless of their remorse post-game, we’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.