NRL 2019: Eels winger Maika Sivo in hot water after sickening hit on Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes

Critics may have thought Parramatta winger Maika Sivo should have been sent off for his sickening high shot on Melbourne fullback Jahrome Hughes in their NRL 'Magic Round' clash.          

But Eels coach Brad Arthur has pleaded for consistency from officials after Sivo escaped with a sin-binning in their 64-10 loss to a rampaging Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.     

Queensland coach Kevin Walters and Penrith great Greg Alexander believed Sivo was fortunate not to be marched after his late hit on Hughes that forced the Storm number one from the field in the 49th minute.        

A heavily concussed Hughes did not return and is expected to miss the Storm's next-round clash against Wests Tigers on Thursday night.

"When you see it slowed down it looks pretty bad," Walters said on Fox Sports TV commentary.              

TV colleague Alexander added: "If he had have been sent off I wouldn't have a problem with it".            

Yet Arthur hinted that a hit on Eels prop Daniel Alvaro three weeks ago in their 51-6 rout of the Tigers went unpunished after being asked about his take on the Sivo sinbinning.               

Alvaro was forced to miss a game for the head knock he copped in the round-six thrashing of the joint venture.              

Asked about Sivo's copping 10 minutes on the sidelines, Arthur said: "As long as we are consistent.        

"A couple of weeks ago Daniel Alvaro was hit in the head and there was no sin bin."       

Eels skipper Clint Gutherson certainly took exception with the sin-binning, blowing up at officials after Sivo received his marching orders.             

He was no doubt fuming again when Melbourne piled on four tries in seven minutes while Sivo cooled his heels as the Storm ran away with the round nine clash.          

Storm coach Craig Bellamy bit his tongue when asked about the sin binning offence.      

"I thought it was a penalty but having said that I only looked at it once - the refs and the bunker had a close look at it."

Bellamy expected Hughes to miss the Tigers clash with Ryan Papenhuyzen to slot in at fullback.

"He's a bit doughy. I don't think he can play with a five day turnaround - he will be missing for a week I think," Bellamy said of Hughes.         

AAP