Rugby league great Michael Ennis believes Brent Naden could face an eight-week suspension after the Tigers centre was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Manly star Jake Trbojevic.
With 15 minutes to go in Sunday’s clash Naden lifted Trbojevic over the horizontal and the Sea Eagles lock landed awkwardly on his head.
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“That tackle got away from Naden… he checks on the welfare of Jack Trbojevic. That’s horrible,” Fox League commentator Brenton Speed said.
Referee Peter Gough called Naden over to put him on report and send him off. He became the first Tigers player to be sent off in 20 years.
It came after Naden spent 15 minutes off the field earlier in the game due to a HIA after suffering a head knock.
“I just wonder if he’ll remember what’s happened since he came back from that head knock because he let two tries in through his channel and now sent off for his tackle that went horribly wrong,” Speed said.
Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach said Naden had put Trbojevic in a “dangerous position” and that it’s a tackle that has to be stamped out of the game.
“That’s a bad one,” he said.
“To his credit though Jake, he got straight up, he knew it was an accident but you just can’t do it anymore for the safety of the players.”
Naden’s tackle comes six weeks after Manly utility Karl Lawton was sent off and copped a four-week suspension for a similar tackle on Rabbitohs skipper Cameron Murray.
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Fox League’s sideline reporter Matt Russell asked Roach if Lawton got four weeks how many will Naden face.
“I think he’ll be looking at a little bit of a stint on the sideline, maybe even more than four weeks. That one looked very dangerous,” Roach said.
However, Michael Ennis believes Naden should get a much bigger ban than Lawton.
“I think he’s looking at eight weeks,” he said.
“It was as bad a spear tackle as we’ve seen in a long time.
“No player goes out there to do that but the fact is he lands on his head and it could have been a really, really bad outcome for Jake Trbojevic.
“I think he’ll get a suspension around eight weeks, I really do.”
Trbojevic was all class when asked about the tackle after the game.
‘I wasn’t too bad… bit unlucky I reckon for Brent Naden. I know he didn’t mean it, there was no malice in it and he was very sorry. So it was all good,” Trbojevic said.
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But Corey Parker agreed with Ennis and suggested perhaps Naden may even get more than eight weeks.
“It was as bad as I’ve seen in recent years,” he said.
“Jake Trbojevic, yes he got straight back to his feet and he said he was OK but the surprise on his face, he was scared there for a moment.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more to be honest”
Braith Anasta added: “That’s the worst one of the year… he’s in some trouble.”