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Penrith winger Taylan May managed to duck and weave his way on the left side to cross over for a try, but almost as soon as he had put the ball down, Ilias’ boot connected with May’s face.Stream every game of every round of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >May wore it well and got up almost immediately, content with bagging his four-pointer in the corner.As returning Panthers star Nathan Cleary lined up to attempt a sideline conversion and stick it between the posts for the first time of the evening, referee Ashley Klein called a halt to proceedings.Klein then stated that the previous play was under review for a possible eight-point try.Upon hearing the potential resolution, Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane summed up the feelings of Bunnies fans everywhere.“Oh, hang on,” Ginnane said.“This could be a catastrophe for Souths.”Replays then showed the previously-missed incident of Ilias unfortunately catching May’s head with his foot as he desperately tried to prevent the try.Ginnane concluded: “That’s straightforward, isn’t it?”Michael Ennis replied: “You can’t lash out with your feet towards the head of the player. That’s an absolute eight-point try.”Ennis could sympathise with the Bunnies youngster, but maintained that it’s simply against the rules and the bunker had no choice but to give Cleary the chance to convert the extra two points.“There’s no malice in that,” Ennis said.“That’s just sheer reaction from young Ilias, trying to stop a try.“Desperation.“It’s unfortunate, but you can’t do it. It’s an eight-point try.”Ginnane added: “It’s as obvious as it gets.”If the concession of an eight-point try wasn’t enough, Ilias was also placed on report.Speaking after the game, both coaches appeared to be in agreement that Ilias’ untimely error warranted an eight-point punishment although Bunnies coach Jason Demetriou lamented it was “disappointing” to concede it.“His leg definitely comes out,” Demetriou said.“I don’t think he’s trying to kick him.“His leg goes out as he’s landing.‘Disappointing, but I can see where it comes from.”Ivan Cleary didn’t have too much to say on the matter either.“Yeah, I don’t know,” Cleary said.“Taylan dives with his head first.“I’m not sure what the young Ilias is meant to do there.“We’ll take it.”

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