An obscene message written on Warriors forward Kane Evans’ wrist tape could create further headaches for the club after they lost four men to injury in Sunday’s loss to Penrith.
Cameras captured vision of Evans sitting on the sideline at Suncorp Stadium with the message “fold some c***!!” clearly written on his wrist strapping.
It caught the eye of the ABC Grandstand commentary team and was quickly circulated on Twitter, with the NRL to examine the incident at Monday’s weekly football briefing.
None of the Warriors’ four injuries were a result of foul play, meaning 18th man Evans was not activated.
He could remain on the sidelines though given the NRL’s tough stance on similar incidents, including new teammate Matt Lodge who was banned for two games for an offensive message scrawled on his strapping in an under-20s Origin game.
In 2016, Andrew Fifita was fined $20,000 after he displayed a message of support for convicted one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge.
Warriors coach Nathan Brown was proud of his side’s resilience in a 30-16 loss to Penrith after losing key forward Tohu Harris (suspected ACL tear) and Wayde Egan (shoulder) to season-ending injuries as well as captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (concussion) and centre Rocco Berry (hamstring).
All four injuries occurred in the first half.
Egan will likely miss the rest of the season but still put his hand up to remain on the bench if needed as prop Matt Lodge stomached the prospect of playing the full 80 minutes without a substitution.
In his second game for the Warriors since a mid-season switch from Brisbane, Lodge finished with eight offloads, 20 runs and 130 metres.
Forwards partner Addin Fonua-Blake was also stoic with 25 runs, 205 run metres and 29 tackles.
“It was a huge effort against a very good team, our best performance of the year for sure and something we can take the club forward with,” Brown said.
“Playing with grit and commitment is far more beneficial than being technically sound.
“And the good footy clubs do those sort of efforts consistently.”