Ese'ese hit stuns Titans, judiciary awaits

Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook admits he was bewildered by Herman Ese'ese's high shot on Penrith's Brian To'o, labelling the send-off offence as "reckless".

Ese'ese faces a nervous wait on the NRL's match review committee's charge sheet on Monday, after charging out of the line and collecting To'o high in the Titans' Sunday defeat.

Even a highly graded careless high tackle charge will result in weeks on the sidelines, while a reckless category starts with a base penalty of four matches.

Considering the weekend's crackdown on high contact, Ese'ese's shot was bizarre at best.

He became the third player to be sent off in Magic Round, marking the most of any weekend in 25 years.

Fourteen players were also sin-binned, an equal record amount for the NRL-era.

"We were the last game, we had all the time in the world to get our own house in order," Holbrook said.

"It's a completely reckless decision on his behalf - and we paid the price for it.

"He definitely didn't mean it. For me it wasn't direct contact but it was definitely high and reckless.

"But we had all weekend to look at it and spoke about it as a team. I don't think he would have an answer (on why he did it) either."

Given the weekend's incidents, Ese'ese is not the only player sweating on a charge.

St George Illawarra's Tyrell Fuimaono was sent off for a late and high shot on Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, knocking the superstar out.

The Storm fullback was later up and okay in the dressing rooms, but Fuimaono could face a hefty punishment.

Penrith forward Moses Leota was also sin-binned for a late shot on Titans half Jamal Fogarty after he kicked, while teammate Liam Martin was put on report for fending with his forearm.

Dragon Josh McGuire was also put on report for an alleged hip drop tackle on Josh Addo-Carr, while Mikaele Ravalawa was penalised for a shoulder charge.

If Ravalawa is charged, any ban could be significant, given that he was only returning from the same offence against the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day.

Warriors' Leeson Ah Mau and Ben Murdoch-Masilla also got put on report in their loss to Parramatta, for dangerous contact and a late hit on Mitchell Moses after he kicked, respectively.

Titans pair Scott Sorensen and Jaimin Jolliffe, and Penrith bench forward Scott Sorenson, could also attract attention for incidents in the Panthers' win.

It comes after 14 players were charged over the first two days of Magic Round, already equalling the record mark set in the previous round for the most players cited in one round in the NRL-era.