‘No need for that’: Ben Hunt slammed after ‘nasty’ act in record St George Illawarra bloodbath against Tigers

The St George Illawarra Dragons obliterated the Wests Tigers 56-14 in an absolute massacre at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

Incredibly, the Tigers lead 14-12 at half-time, but the second half was a one-way affair as the Dragons racked up seven unanswered points, including a personal best of 32 points for NSW Origin representative Zac Lomax.

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Leading 26-14 with 23 minutes to go, Hunt backed up his Origin double, running down the right before cutting down the inside and mis-passing three Tigers players to score.

That was just the tip of the iceberg in a masterful performance that also included four try assists, a break and a breakaway assist.

But despite a great individual try, Hunt was far from happy as she got to her feet and threw the ball to Tigers second rower Samuela Faina.

“And a bit of a nasty one from Ben Hunt throwing the ball at a guy on his debut,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.

“Tensions are still simmering here, but we should try the dragons.”

Fainu did not make his debut for the record – the game was the 16th of his NRL career, five in 2023 for the Sea Eagles and 11th game of the year for the Tigers.

A try was eventually awarded but Cooper Cronk scored on a move from the Dragons half.

“He’s a competitor and I don’t think he had to do that Ben Hunt, throw the ball to Fainu,” Cronk said.

“Fain comes over the top, he doesn’t like that the swing arm might have come down.

“Ben Hunt didn’t have to throw the ball, Fain didn’t have to react. This is unnecessary.”

Ginnane said Fainu’s action did not appear to be enough for an eight-point try, as the referee awarded four points.

Although Hunt was warned by the referee to step to his side to join the throw, the try stood and the Dragons continued to run away with the win.

On Nine, Phil Gould drew attention to the incident and Andrew Johns replied: “There is no need for that. I haven’t seen Ben Hunt do anything like that.”

Gould added: “It doesn’t take much to upset footballers these days.”

But the fans were furious.

One called the act “poor sportsmanship”, another said Hunt’s action lacked “class”, a third said it was “gutless”, while a fourth claimed it was a “disgraceful act”.

However, it was just one wicked moment of many, but that didn’t stop the Dragons from running riot and hitting 50 at WIN Stadium for the first time in seven years.

Incredibly, Lomax’s massive haul beat the previous club record for a joint venture held by Amos Roberts (2000), Jamie Soward (2007), Gareth Widdop (three times – 2015, 2017, 2018) and Lomax (2021) by just 22 points. meaning he beat him by 10 points.

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