September 08, 2021
Fiji Bati and New Zealand Warriors prop Kane Evans is facing a seven match suspension after being charged for two offences in a spiteful Round 25 clash with the Titans.
NRL.com reveals that Evans was hit with a grade-one dangerous contact head/neck charge for an incident in the 53rd minute on Beau Fermor as well as a grade-two contrary conduct offence for his involvement in the brawl which broke late in the second half.
Given his poor judiciary record of four offences in the past two years, Evans is facing 2-3 matches for the first charge and 3-4 games for the second.
Evans entered the early guilty plea on both charges, but he will still serve a seven-game ban.
Former Warriors coach Brian McClennan and ex-player Blake Ayshford have called the club to sack and tore up Evans contract.
McClennan, who coached the Warriors in 2012, told SENZ Radio that the Warriors should cut ties with Evans immediately.
“For me, they’ve got to get rid of him,” McClennan told SENZ’s Riccardo Ball.
“Just not good enough, twice in a row now he’s thrown punches and hasn’t even caused a bruise. For me he’s got to go.”
“They’ve obviously paid him a certain amount of coin and he’s lost his value, so it’s whether you think you can keep him.”
“Given that he copped his warning and has done it again, that’s not a selfless action of a player who’s thinking of his team. For me, they’ve got to move him on,” he added.
Ayshford, who played 50 games for the Warriors between 2016 and 2019 agreed with McClennan that Evans should be shown the door, but felt the club’s other bad boy, Matt Lodge is worth persevering with.
Warriors chief executive Cameron George apologises to fans for the Titans game.
“I would keep him because with the Broncos paying half of his salary, it’s damaging with him and Addin Fonua-Blake upfront.”
Evans is signed with the Warriors until the end of next season, so if the club were to part ways with him, they’d have to try to persuade another club to pick him up, while continuing to pay a large chunk of his contract.
But the fact that Evans is suspended for the first quarter of 2022, doesn’t make him that appealing.
In the same game Warriors, teammate Matthew Lodge was charged with dangerous contact for the incident which sparked the brawl.
Lodge is looking at a one-match ban even if he enters an early guilty plea.
Meanwhile, Warriors fullback Reece Walsh was charged with contrary conduct and is facing a one-game ban while lock Jazz Tevaga can accept a fine of $1900-$2250 for the same offence.
By Romeka Romena