NRL round 12 judiciary: Klemmer faces ban, Holmes charged with hip drop as Bunker ‘upsets the hell out’ of Payten

Wests Tigers’ breakneck season has been dealt another blow with veteran prop David Klemmer facing a four-match suspension for an ugly hip-drop tackle.

Klemmer was reported but not convicted for the tackle on Cowboys forward Kulikefu Finefuiaki, but Maroons center Valentine Holmes was banished for 10 minutes for an earlier incident in Friday night’s clash at QCB Stadium .

Holmes has been charged with grade one dangerous contact because his tackle on Isaiah Papali’i was in part a result of contact from fellow defender Tom Dearden.

He can pay a $1800 fine and be free for Queensland selection when Billy Slater announces his squad on Monday for the first Origin match on June 5.

Klemmer was charged with a second-degree felony and, due to his poor court record, will face a three-game suspension if he enters an early guilty plea.

Holmes’ relief comes after Cowboys coach Todd Payten launched a passionate defense of his star center following North Queensland’s 42-28 win over the Wests Tigers.

“We lose (a player) for 10 minutes and that inconsistency really bothers me and the players, members and fans,” Payten said.

“Every time we get into a bunker situation, I get very nervous. I’m sure the players feel the same. Removing sins changes the complex of the game and it becomes very difficult to regain momentum.

David Klemmer. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“With all the camera angles, they can’t get that wrong, among other calls. It’s very frustrating.

Holmes’ entry was checked by the bunker. “It wasn’t a hip drop from the beginning, so I’m stunned by the bunker in that situation,” Payten said.

“I don’t know what a rugby league player is supposed to do when he goes for it and a defender lunges at his legs.

“He’s going to land on his legs. I have no doubt where he is going to land, but it is not a hip hop.”

Holmes scored 13 tries in 16 appearances for the Maroons and is tipped to be a top pick.

With Reece Walsh at full-back and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow at centre, Slater must decide between Selwyn Cobbo, Murray Taulagi and Xavier Coates for his two wingers.

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