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Jordan Rapana warned over rude gesture to refs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017 Warren Barnsley

Jordan Rapana has been issued with a concerning act notice. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Jordan Rapana has been issued with a concerning act notice. Jordan Rapana has been warned by the NRL for an offensive gesture to referees during Canberra's round one loss to North Queensland.

The Raiders winger was issued with a concerning act notice after raising both middle fingers at officials in the Cowboys' thrilling 20-16 golden-point win on Saturday.

But the New Zealand international won't face suspension, with concerning act notices not holding enough weight to warrant an appearance at the judiciary.

Rapana committed the act after a match-winning try by teammate Elliott Whitehead in extra-time was disallowed when officials ruled a lead-up pass was forward.

Last year's preliminary finalists were beaten when Cowboys star playmaker Johnathan Thurston's attempted field goal cannoned into the crossbar before being pounced on by Gavin Cooper to seal the home side victory in Townsville.

In a bad-tempered match, Rapana's right side partner Joey Leilua avoided suspension for throwing a punch at Cooper but was fined $1500.

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