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Dragons Tyrell Fuimaono sent off for high shot on Storm’s Ryan Papenhuyzen

Dragons centre Tyrell Fuimaono looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was sent off for a high shot on Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Papenhuyzen’s return after three weeks out with a shoulder injury couldn’t have gone any worse after he was stretchered off the field following Fuimaono’s hit.

Early in the first half, Fuimaono came in late on the Storm fullback, who had flicked the ball across to teammate Josh Addo-Carr for the Storm’s opening try.

The match was stopped for several minutes as trainers rushed in to help Papenhuyzen who was unable to get up off the ground.

Rugby league great Phil Gould said Fuimaono’s decision to come in late was “incomprehensible” following the NRL’s hard stance this weekend on high shots.

“Ryan Papenhuyzen lets go and Tyrell Fuimaono comes in over the top and collects him,” Gould told Nine.

“Papenhuyzen hasn’t moved, he’s on the ground. This is not a good look.

“The Storm could well lose their most dynamic attacking player.

“You’d think they would’ve seen enough football over the weekend to know.

“It is incomprehensible to think a player would come up with a hit like that at this stage of the weekend after everything we’ve seen. On any weekend that was a send-off.”

No apologies for NRL sin-bin crackdown

Once Papenhuyzen was taken off the field, referee Peter Gough immediately issued marching orders to Fuimaono, who will likely face scrutiny from the match review committee.

The Dragons were forced to briefly play with 11 men after forward Josh McGuire was sent to the sin bin just minutes earlier.

Nine’s sideline reporter Danika Mason confirmed shortly after the incident that Papenhuyzen suffered a concussion and avoided a trip to the hospital.

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