Raider Wighton to be sentenced for assault

The rugby league future of Canberra star Jack Wighton could be decided on Wednesday when he is sentenced for his drunken rampage earlier this year.

In June, Wighton pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination.

After viewing CCTV footage, the NRL overruled the Raiders’ initial proposed suspension of six NRL games and banned Wighton for ten matches.

He was also fined $30,000 in a decision that infuriated club officials, who unsuccessfully sought a reduction in the penalty in August.

Now Wighton’s fate hangs in the balance, with footage of his February assaults in Canberra also set to be made public despite attempts by his lawyers to suppress the vision last month.

The footage reportedly shows the 25-year-old headbutting a man, punching another, and attacking a further three men ten minutes later.

The maximum penalty for assault occasioning actual bodily harm is five years in jail, while common assault also carries a possible two years behind bars.

A jail sentence for Wighton would further cruel a Raiders side that has already lost star winger Jordan Rapana for six months after suffering a shoulder injury playing for New Zealand.

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Reddit user claims to know where Marty Taupau will play in 2019

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 23: Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles looks dejected after losing the round 24 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Reddit- ‘the front page of the internet’- is a website where many discussions take place regarding social news, televisions, and now rugby league players.

One user believes he knows what club Manly prop Marty Taupau will play for in 2019.

Tony Lynch, otherwise known as ‘TexturePackReview’ on Reddit, has a crazy theory Taupau will sign with English Super League club Leeds Rhinos, and has found some evidence to back up the theory.

First off – this user believes Taupau liking this single tweet on Twitter warrants a signature on a contract.

Gutted. Tho @England_RL will probably be feeling relieved. I’m just hoping it’s because @MartyKapow has decided that the next time he plays in Leeds, he’ll be wearing blue & amber… https://t.co/LPadV6G5Xl

— Ian (@ianeastleeds) November 9, 2018

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Further twitter discussion between Taupau’s partner Michelle Baillie, a managing agent and a Leeds Rhinos sponsor adds to the rumour after their exchanges led to a conclusion they’ll possibly be meeting up again in the new year.

Good to meet you both. See you in the new year #MOT

— Steve MacDonald (@Stevemac21) November 12, 2018

Taupau was dropped from the New Zealand side who thrashed England 34-0 over the weekend in Elland Road, Leeds.

Something that could actually help prove this users theory is a rugby league account reporting on the same rumour, which there happens to be an English one doing so.

Martin Taupau to Leeds is close.

— The Rugby League Scoop (@ScoopRugby) November 11, 2018

The managing director in question took to his twitter to post an image of himself and Taupau while he was over in England completing his national duties, claiming “looking forward to seeing you in blue and amber”.

Taupau’s account was amongst the 26 likes of the tweet – was he just being friendly or is this deal actually going to happen?

@MartyKapow @Questsol great to meet you looking forward to seeing you in blue and amber #MOT pic.twitter.com/JpTx3fSt8E

— Steve MacDonald (@Stevemac21) November 11, 2018

And lastly in the Reddit users evidence, Baillie posting on her twitter account a video thanking the Leeds Rhinos for the tour of their stadium and its facilities.

Its not unusual players partners joining them on overseas tours to spend time together and go sight seeing, but checking out a Super League team’s training facilities and stating “Looking forward to coming back and seeing the finished product!”, seems to be odd.

Thanks @leedsrhinos @RugbyLeeds Foundation @Gareth1Cook for the tour of the impressive Headingley Stadium and facilities! Looking forward to coming back and seeing the finished product! #community #rugbyleague pic.twitter.com/cYqI4ROCEe

— Michelle Baillie (@BaillieMichelle) November 8, 2018

Given Taupau’s uncertainty of staying at Manly or signing with one of the other 15 NRL clubs thus far, maybe this Reddit users theory based solely on twitter engagements could be true?

This post, as you could imagine, has caused quite a stir amongst league fans alike, with many people expressing their opinions on the website..

One reader, disquiet, comments: “This is really strange if its true. We might lose him and that’s ok but to super league? Really? Why would you do that when you’re at the top of the NRL. The only people who usually go to super league are retirees and those who mess up off the field.”

On the other hand, many super league fans believe this would be a great move forward for their competition by gaining one of the NRL’s highest profiled forwards.

yesmyson stated: “The quality of SL really isn’t as bad as people make out. The top 4 SL teams would mix it with the top 4 in the NRL. The only disadvantage in going there is potentially getting paid less (top earners in SL only get around $600kAUD) due to an over-saturated sports market and way more competition from football & union.

Trying not to be so NRL-centric and promoting the growth of the game internationally is wanting a strong SL competition and them signing quality Aussie/NZ players is part of that. Goodluck to Marty and Leeds imo, good move.”

What are your thoughts and comments regarding this crazy rumour/theory?

Will Taupau make the move to Leeds?

Will it be the right move?

If not, which NRL club will Taupau sign with?

All these questions and seemingly no answers – yet, but time will tell if Taupau is set to make the move overseas.

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Sharks’ Flanagan hails Lewis replacement

There won’t be too many harder tasks in the NRL next season than replacing Luke Lewis.

But week one of Cronulla’s pre-season hasn’t even finished and Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has already hailed second-row candidate Kurt Capewell’s body of work.

Despite entering the summer two kilograms heavier than he finished the season, Capewell crossed the line first in the club’s 1.2km time trial this week.

Capewell shapes as the favourite to wear Lewis’ No.11 jersey next year, having deputised for the two-time premiership-winner on six occasions last season.

“A few of the boys away might come back and give him a challenge on his time,” Flanagan told the Sharks website of Capewell’s exploits on Tuesday.

“But overall, I’m pretty happy with the way they’ve turned up.”

Having finished one game short of the grand final this year, Flanagan suggested changes were afoot in the Shire as he prepared for another premiership tilt.

“We’re going to mix things up this year,” Flanagan said.

“Whilst we’re happy in the end with where we finished in the competition, we weren’t happy with the way it ended. We’ve got to change a few things, challenge ourselves in all areas.”

Joining the retired Lewis out the exit door were regular starters Jesse Ramien and Ricky Leutele, while Trent Hodkinson, Edrick Lee and Joseph Paulo are also gone.

The only notable signing is former Canterbury centre Josh Morris, who was another to have caught the eye of Flanagan this week.

“It was really impressive, his first real day on the field,” Flanagan said.

“He stood up and led those boys around. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll slowly get some more really experienced players back, leading into December when they’re all back.

“(It’s a) really important role Josh has got for the month of November, leading, getting a feel of where he sits in the leadership group and playing group.”

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