Tariq Sims may have played his last game for St George Illawarra as he prepares to be hit with a lengthy ban for flattening Cronulla’s Connor Tracey on Sunday night.
The spirited Dragons lost 24-18 to their neighbours. The defeat ended their NRL finals hopes and also potentially brought a premature end to Sims’ seven-year career at the Red V.
The representative forward knew he was in trouble when he caught Tracey with his right bicep in the 12th minute.
Tracey was out cold before he hit the deck at PointsBet Stadium and required half a dozen trainers to carry him off on a stretcher but was in good spirits in the sheds before half-time.
Sims was given ten minutes in the sin-bin and made a point of checking on Tracey as he was being taken from the field.
Sims had never been sin-binned in his 12 seasons in the top flight but has now been marched three times in four weeks.
Because he already has two offences next to his name, any punishment handed down by the match review committee will attract a heftier suspension. A grade-two careless high tackle will see him miss three games with a plea, while a grade-three careless high tackle charge is four matches.
Set to join Melbourne next season, Sims did not want to leave his childhood club and is now almost certain to be denied an on-field farewell.
Like Manly, the Dragons will finish the weekend four points adrift of the top eight. They face Canberra away, the Titans, Tigers and Broncos in the final round.