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Fotu-Moala rubbed out of NRLW season

By Alicia Newton -

St George Illawarra forward Teuila Fotu-Moala has been rubbed out for the remainder of the NRLW season after unsuccessfully seeking a downgrade for a crusher tackle on Tuesday night.

Fotu-Moala became the first player in NRLW history to be charged by the match review committee after attracting a grade two charge for a tackle on Broncos hooker Lavinia Gould in Sunday’s loss at Bankwest Stadium.

She pleaded guilty to the charge but sought a downgrade.

Looking relaxed and sporting a smile, Fotu-Moala sat alongside her representative team as NRL counsellor Peter McGrath noted her lack of awareness and recklessness in the tackle attempt.

Fotu-Moala’s team argued Gould’s head positioning falling into the tackle had played a part.

But her bid failed and Fotu-Moala was suspended for three games.

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