Cameron Munster was sent to the sin bin twice against the Roosters.
Cameron Munster was sent to the sin bin twice against the Roosters.

Munster's nervous wait for judiciary decision over head kick

CAMERON Munster's hopes of claiming the Kangaroos' No.6 jersey could be dashed as he faces a nervous wait to see if he is charged for kicking the Sydney Roosters' Joseph Manu in the NRL grand final.

The Melbourne five-eighth created history for all the wrong reasons on Sunday night, as he became the first person to be sin-binned in a grand final in the NRL-era for a professional foul on Roosters captain Jake Friend in the Storm's 21-6 loss.

He then finished the match in the bin again, admonished for putting his boot and shin into the Roosters centre's head as he got up from making a tackle in the dying minutes.

"It wasn't overly smart," Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said.

"That's what it would be (frustration). At the end of the day, Cameron's to be quite honest not that type of player so that was a lot of frustration there.

"I certainly don't condone what he did, I know he's very regretful about that."

Munster had been expected to claim the five-eighth role for Australia in this month's Tests against New Zealand and Tonga following the retirements of both Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk in the halves.

Michael Morgan is also out with a season-ending bicep injury, while James Maloney is unavailable due to a neck injury.

However, even a grade-one kicking or striking charge will attract 200 demerit points, meaning even with an early guilty plea the 24-year-old will miss at least one match.

It capped off a disappointing end to a good year for Munster, who was the Storm's best in 2018 but finished Sunday's loss with two handling errors.