Eels enforcer Junior Paulo was put on report and sin-binned for a brutal shot on Titans five-eighth AJ Brimson on Saturday.
Brimson was just getting a rap from Fox League analyst Michael Ennis for “injecting himself” when he was met with the rock-hard shoulder of Paulo.
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The star No.6 stayed down after the hit with commentator Andrew Voss saying “I’m not surprised he’s sore.”
“If it was me I’d be in a box six feet under by Monday. Paulo has given all of his 120 kilos on AJ Brimson,” Voss added.
Ennis called the tackle “strong contact” and said “it looks like Paulo’s shoulder hits his shoulder.”
Sideline commentator Matt Russell agreed that it was “shoulder to shoulder first contact.”
“Yeah, it’s just whiplash, it’s a massive shot,” Ennis said.
“People say we’ve taken the toughness out of the game… you’re kidding,” Voss said.
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The Titans fans at Cbus Super Stadium were calling for Paulo to be sent off, but the 28-year-old was just sin-binned, much to the dismay of Russell and Ennis.
“No, he can’t get binned for that surely,” Russell said.
“He hits him shoulder to shoulder and it’s the force of the contact that brings Brimson’s head into contact with Paulo… it’s a brutal shot. But I don’t think it’s illegal,” Ennis added.
Voss also questioned the decision.
“If the Bunker saw it as contact to the head and it’s as forceful as it gets… so it’s a send off if that’s the rules,” he said.
“Does Brimson have to leave the field if it’s that forceful to his head,” Ennis asked.
“Of course he does… if the independent doctor sees it like the bunker has seen it then he has to go off,” Voss responded.
Braith Anasta said he thought the decision was “harsh” and asked Paulo in a post-game interview what he thought.
“I thought it was (harsh) too, I thought I hit him around the shoulder,” he said.
Eels halfback Mitch Moses was asked about the decision after the game. He didn’t want to dive into it but did say that Brimson “went down with a shoulder injury” not a head injury.
Meanwhile, Corey Parker and Cooper Cronk also thought a sin bin wasn’t necessary.
“I thought it was OK,” Parker said.
“The fact that AJ Brimson got up holding his AC, there was direct contact to his shoulder. It’s a high-collision game, that is a big man on AJ Brimson who was going at speed.
Cronker added: “I don’t think it was a sin bin, it was a penalty if anything.”
Even the likes of Tigers player Jackson Hastings and Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould questioned the decision to bin Paulo.
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