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Origin charges: Munster sorry for kick as Fotuaika cops ban

Queensland star Cameron Munster has apologised for a moment of madness where he appeared to kick NSW forward Liam Martin but says he doesn't have an issue controlling his emotions when the result goes against him.

Munster and Martin clashed in the 55th minute of the record 50-6 victory by NSW in Origin I, the flashpoint moment attracting a grade-one contrary conduct charge and $1150 fine after he entered an early guilty plea on Thursday.

Titans prop Moe Fotuaika has accepted a one-game ban for a grade-one dangerous contact charge for a late shot on Latrell Mitchell in the 22nd minute while Kyle Feldt (dangerous contact) has received a $1600 fine via an early plea for his late tackle on Cameron Murray.

Fotuaika on report for late shot on Mitchell

But the talking point was Munster's clash with Martin.

It is the second time Munster's temper has got the better of him when losing big games after he was infamously sin binned twice in the 2018 grand final for lashing out, including kicking Joey Manu when the Sydney Roosters had the premiership in the bag.

Munster insisted his latest incident had no malice and said he was simply trying to get Martin off his legs after he'd kicked the ball clear. 

Munster on report for kicking Martin

"I obviously didn't like what he done and he got under my skin and being the competitive person that I am [I did that], it wasn't a full kick or anything like that, there was no malice in it whatsoever," Munster said.

"Look I will leave that to the judiciary and see if they feel it was necessary.

"I am a very competitive person and yeah he got under my skin but in no way or form or shape did I want to go out there and hurt him.

"You can tell there was no full swing, it was more me trying to get him off me.

"To be completely honest I didn't really think there was too much malice in it.

"I came off the field and some of the boys and some of the coaches were talking to me about it and I didn't really remember it to be honest.

"If it doesn't look too good but I know deep down I didn't try to fully kick him. If I fully tried kicking him I can assure you he would've been on the floor.

"I'm sure anyone would be on the floor if anyone tried to full swing kick you and he got back, he was all over me and I just wanted to get him of me.

"I was frustrated with my kick and yeah I wouldn't say I lashed out but I was trying to get him off me. You can tell I wasn't trying to full swing kick him in the stomach.

"If Liam is listening then I'm sorry if he thinks there's any malice in it."

Feldt placed on report for high shot on Murray

Martin agreed that his incident with Munster was not worthy of punishment and was happy to leave their clash as just a classic Origin confrontation that should stay on the field.

"It's Origin so I was just trying to get stuck into him as best as I could," Martin told NRL.com.

"I can't really repeat what I said to him. I just gave him a bit of a spray. He gave me a bit of spray back and grabbed me. We did a bit of a dance and that was it.

"Nothing in it, just typical Origin. You're trying to get under each other's skin a bit and that's all it was."

Name Moeaki Fotuaika
Club Maroons
Time Minute of Match 22nd
Charge/Incident Dangerous contact - other
Charge Grade 1
Result Guilty - early plea
Matches to serve 1
Points/Fine calculation 142
Carry-over points 42
Misconduct on whom? Latrell Mitchell

 

Name Kyle Feldt
Club Maroons
Time Minute of Match 49th
Charge/Incident Dangerous contact - head/neck
Charge Grade 1
Result Guilty - early plea
Matches to serve 1
Points/Fine calculation $1600
Carry-over points 0
Misconduct on whom? Cameron Murray

 

 

Name Cameron Munster
Club Maroons
Time Minute of Match 55th
Charge/Incident Contrary conduct
Charge Grade 1
Result Guilty - early plea
Matches to serve 1
Points/Fine calculation $1150
Carry-over points 0
Misconduct on whom? Liam Martin

 

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