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Bulldogs Willie Talau’s brother accused of punching teen referee

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by HappilyManly, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Jucy Talau allegedly punched teenage rugby league referee Kurt Portsmouth, 16, during an under-12s match in Engadine on Saturday. Picture: Facebook

    Champion Bulldogs centre Willie Talau’s brother accused of punching teen referee Kurt Portsmouth
    LAURA BANKS and PHIL ROTHFIELD, The Daily Telegraph
    June 19, 2016 10:00pm

    THE BROTHER of Canterbury Bulldogs star Willie Talau is facing serious assault charges after allegedly punching a 16-year-old referee during an under-12s rugby league game.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal it was 34-year-old Jucy Talau who allegedly punched teen referee Kurt Portsmouth in a shock incident that drew condemnation from authorities.

    Kurt’s father Scott Portsmouth last night said he had “never seen anything” that compared to the incident in his 35 years of being involved in the sport. “The crowd just groaned and I ran out on to the field to be with my son,” he said.

    Kurt talks to police after the alleged assault.
    The incident occurred after the young referee had ruled Talau’s son be replaced during a match between the Engadine Dragons and Gymea Gorillas. Police had to be called to Anzac Oval in Engadine, with Talau — a trainer with the Gorillas — being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    Kurt — who suffered a brain tumour four years ago — was taken to Sydney Children’s Hospital with bruising.

    Cronulla Junior Rugby League general manager Nathan Waugh issued a blanket media ban to league officials via email yesterday, warning that anyone caught talking to journalists about the “distressing incident” would face judicial discipline.

    “If anyone is found to have made comment to the media and is named or quoted concerning the incident, the Junior League will cite that individual and they will face a judicial hearing,” the email read. “The Junior League is working closely with the Referees Association, the two clubs involved, Cronulla Sharks, NSWRL and the NRL.

    “We are co-operating with all relevant parties to look after the welfare of the young referee.”

    Mr Portsmouth said his son was keen to get back on the paddock and to referee more games.

    “Kurt is OK except for a black eye,” he said. “The important thing is Kurt doesn’t want this incident to put off other potential young referees.”

    Talau will appear in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday.

    A rugby league judiciary hearing is yet to be fixed.
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,767 / 72
    What a grub
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  3. Clay

    Clay Well-Known Member

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    No words can describe that person.
    Filthy grub doesn't cut it.
    5 years jail if I was the judge
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  4. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    knowing the Portsmouth family, all I can say, some of the nicest people you can meet.
    low act by a big bully, should be rubbed out of the game and I certainly hope a civil action follows as this will be the only way you can hurt some of these people.
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  5. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Did I hear correctly that the ref requested that the player in question be replaced due to persistent back chat and dissent ?? If so, it makes sense where he got that attitude from given his fathers reaction to the situation.

    Surely this guy will get a life ban and also face criminal assault charges.
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  6. Woodsie

    Woodsie played strong, done good.

    +4,799 / 100
    Hitting a minor is a serious charge. Would say he will get to be roomies with Bubba.
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  7. Roger

    Roger Active Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    A life ban is not enough, defiantly needs a jail term as this sort of thing is just really low
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  8. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Punching kids is as bad as it gets.
    The courts need to be tuff on this loser.
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  9. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,342 / 15
    Real tough guy.
    I can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors at his joint if he has no problem belting a 12 year old in front of everyone.

    **** name too
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  10. TWO DOGS

    TWO DOGS Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And visit Mummy in the top bunk.
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  11. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Wow the kid has recovered from a brain tumour so a blow to the head could have been even more dangerous.
  12. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Surely there is some way the Bulldogs can be made liable for this? Imagine if the brother of an ex manly player had done this? Docked points, suspensions, fines ...

    Also it was in the cronulla junior league. What sort of tin pot comp are they running down there? Flanagan has a lot to answer for ;0)

    I know:

    Manly link to ref assault

    The man arrested for punching cronulla junior referee is the brother of Willie Talau, who played against manly over a decade ago. Rhymes with Tapau.
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  13. Killer03

    Killer03 Well-Known Member

    +2,701 / 27
    Beyond disgusting. He needs serious jail time otherwise the judicial system is kidding itself.
  14. voicefromthehill

    voicefromthehill Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    34 years old, hat on backwards - first class nob. A prized version of the stereo typical "cook me some eggs" prick he clearly is
  15. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +7,800 / 58
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  16. southsideeagle

    southsideeagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I think that is fair. He will have a long time to think about it and will miss all his kids football.
    The true test of justice will come from the courts.
  17. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I would have been happy with a lifetime ban.
    @southsideeagle let's hope the courts don't give him a slap on the wrist. If it was my son I'd want him to serve "some" jail time.
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