- Wests Tigers enforcer Joey Leilua faces up to six weeks on sideline after late shot
- Leilua laid out opposing player Dylan Edwards with a late and high swinging arm
- Edwards was felled after the brutal hit which almost sparked an all in brawl
- Leilua was charged with grade three dangerous contact to the head and neck
A hulking NRL enforcer has been savaged online after knocking an opposing player to the ground with a blatant hit some have labelled a 'dog shot'.
Wests Tigers centre Joey Leilua was charged with grade three dangerous contact to the head and neck after the high shot on Penrith Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards on Saturday night.
In the dying moments of the clash at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, Leilua was seen hitting Edwards in the head with a late forearm.
The fullback was hit with such force he collapsed to the turf immediately.
The blow almost sparked an all in brawl as players from both teams rushed in to defend their respective teammates.
Fans took to social media to savage the 28-year-old footballer for the reckless shot, which came moments after his younger brother and Tigers teammate Luciano Leilua was taken off the field following a hit to the head.
'Joey Leilua should be suspended for at least six weeks for the high shot on Dylan Edwards,' one incensed fan wrote on Twitter.
'Shot by Joey Leilua after the play is one of the grubbiest things I've seen in rugby league for many years,' another added.
'P***weak act by Joey Leilua,' wrote a third.
Meanwhile Fox Sports commentator Warren Smith went so far as to brand Leilua the worst signing in the competition's history.
'Not only should Joey Leilua get six weeks for his high shot on Dylan Edwards, at the end of the suspension the Tigers should tear up his contract,' Smith added.
The NRL released a statement confirming Leilua faced six weeks on the sidelines if he contested the charge and lost.
If the embattled centre enters an early guilty plea he will be issued with a four week suspension.
Edwards spoke to the NRL media unit after the sickening blow and said he wasn't seriously hurt.
'I got a little cheapie there but it didn't hurt me too much,' Edwards said.
'He was a bit cranky but it happened on the footy field so there are no hard feelings.'
The NRL Match Review Committee will meet on Monday to determine Leilua's penalty for the sickening high shot.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Wests Tigers for further comment.