NRL 2020: Titans skipper Kevin Proctor sent off for allegedly biting Sharks’ Shaun Johnson

The Gold Coast Titans had another big scalp in their sights but a biting furore and send off has ruined any chance of staying close to the Cronulla Sharks.

There have been injuries all throughout the Sharks-Titans game with an empty bench for the Gold Coast, but their problems were just beginning as captain Kevin Proctor was sensationally sent off.

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At 12-all with 25 minutes remaining, it was anyone‘s game before Titans captain Kevin Proctor was sensationally sent off after being accused of biting.

The rare decision is saved for the worst of the worst and referee Henry Perenara believed the evidence was clear, sending Proctor from the field for the alleged bite the Sharks‘ Shaun Johnson.

The commentators were baffled by the commotion until it was clear a bite had taken place.

“You were choking me, you were choking me, who‘s the f***ing sook,” Johnson said clearly on microphone as the New Zealand pair jawed at each other with the Sharks .

Johnson then showed teammates and trainers his arm with Perenara trying to clarify “so there‘s a definite bite?”

Kevin Proctor had his mouth open.Source:FOX SPORTS

He immediately floated the send off with evidence from the bunker.

“This is a sensation,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.

Perenara said “we‘ve got vision of a bite so you’re off.”

“Extraordinary, a send off, it‘s so rare, and for a bite, the refs are certain that the claim of the bite was left,” Ginnane said in commentary. “And the replays suggest that Kevin Proctor has a big problem.“

Braith Anasta said it was “clear as day, definite bite there from Kevin Proctor on Shaun Johnson and Shaun Johnson didn’t know what to do”.

The last send off was earlier this season when Addin Fonua-Blake was sent off for dissent after fulltime against the Newcastle Knights when he abused a referee with a slur.

Ginnane asked Anasta if there was anything that warranted a reaction at all.

“No there isn’t, he’s not choking him either, his arm is around his mouth,” he said.

Incredibly it was Proctor’s 250th game as well.The Fox Sports Lab also revealed the last bite was in the 2012 Grand Final, which saw James Graham getting 12 weeks

Johnson brushed off the event after vision of the pair sharing a hug post-match.

“Nothing happened, lets just leave it at that,” Johnson said. “We were both heated in the middle of the game, I was a little high on him, whatever happened happened, we’re still mates. I just spoke to him then, it’s his 250th and I didn’t want this to dampen it at all. He’s been a great player for so long, and has led to with his actions his whole career. I think it’s inappropriate and it doesn’t do Kevvy any justice to speak about this, he’s a great player and I’ve loved playing with him at Kiwi level, so nothing but respect for him.”

Johnson refused to go any deeper and said they “were still good friends and what happens on the field stays on the field and don’t need to talk about it”.

Proctor has only had one charge in his career so far way back in 2012, while Johnson said he “doesn’t see the value of taking it any further than what’s happened here today” refusing to front the judiciary to explain his side of the story if required.

More to come …

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