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Laffranchi facing one-match NRL ban

11/05/2009 05:43:55 PM Comments (0)

Still "filthy" over a controversial loss to Newcastle, Gold Coast coach John Cartwright's mood is not going to get better any time soon following the NRL match review committee's findings.

Test backrower Anthony Laffranchi is in danger of missing Friday night's NRL derby against the Broncos in Brisbane after the Titans workhorse was charged with striking.

Laffranchi was hit with a grade one infringement for his forearm to the head of Newcastle prop Mark Taufua in the 21st minute of Sunday's match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

The classy forward will cop one week even if he takes the early guilty plea.

He was the only player charged following the weekend's games.

Still shaking his head over a number of incidents from Sunday's 23-18 loss, Cartwright called for consistency from referees when he flew into Brisbane on Monday.

"We are getting some penalties at the ruck now and players come to me asking what they are for and I have got no answers for them," he said.

"Sometimes it is penalised and the next time it is not - I suppose all we are looking for is a bit consistency."

The Titans would no doubt also be calling for consistency from the match review committee after Titans winger Chris Walker was cleared for a forearm strike similar to Laffranchi's offence.

Walker said on Monday of his forearm strike: "I can't even remember it to be honest, that's how insignificant it was for me."

Walker was also involved in one of the Sunday incidents that still clearly annoyed Cartwright on Monday.

Walker's second half effort that could have given the Titans a 22-18 lead was disallowed because he was ruled not to have applied downward pressure.

With a nod to Jamie Lyon's controversial four pointer in Manly's shock win over the Broncos on Sunday, Walker said he was still "100 per cent certain" he got the ball down.

"I will have to go back to read the rule books and see what you actually have to do to score these days," he said.

"Whether you put it down with your finger tip or roll over the top of the ball with your hip it seems to be a try.

"The rub of the green didn't go our way." Cartwright didn't expect any repercussions from his passionate post-match press conference performance.

"Not really. I never questioned their (referees') integrity," he said.

"I was filthy on a few rulings and that hasn't changed - the sleep overnight didn't change that.

"It was nothing against the referees - I just wasn't happy with a few of the decisions."

The Gold Coast are stalking the ladder leaders with a 6-3 record but know they can't afford to stumble with the representative season looming.

"Any win that you can grab leading into the rep season you probably appreciate a little bit more," Cartwright said.

"I think we are going to have a few Origin players involved, that always makes for a tough period."

Cartwright hinted that a derby clash in Brisbane could not have come at a better time for the Titans.

"The boys always look forward to this game - they don't need any extra incentive to get up for this one," he said.

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