North Queensland Cowboys star Jeremiah Nanai may be watching a stint on the sidelines after he tackled New Zealand Warriors prop Addin Fonua Blake with a cannon.
Early in Friday’s matchup, Nanai was the third man in the tackle and made forceful contact with Fonua Blake’s leg just near the knee.
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Brenton Speed told the Fox League, “Nanai came in third man in the right knee area.
Shane Flanagan reported Nanai, noting that he nearly made contact below the knee.
“When he first makes contact, it has to be above the knee,” said Flanagan.
“It’s borderline and you’re moving your knee sideways, so it’s definitely a penalty and will be reported.”
You can see a shot of Nanai at the Phonua Break in the video player above
Referee Chris Butler penalized Nanai and reported him to await further scrutiny by the match review committee.
“I will report it,” said Butler.
“Jeremiah, I am reporting. It is just carelessness.
The league is considering removing this tackle from the game, and while Flanagan didn’t think the hit involved a lot of force, Nanai might be considering a suspension.
“I think he explained it perfectly. It was just careless,” Flanagan said.
“There wasn’t a lot of power there, but it can’t be done. It was definitely careless.”
The Cowboys dominated the contest early on, taking a 12-0 lead in the first ten minutes.
They raced to step in the second half and record a 48-4 victory as the Warriors allowed the Cowboys to walk the ball over the line again and again.
Some tries in the second half were the result of the Cowboys wanting more of the ball, as the Warriors seemed content to just sit back and watch.
There was an emotional moment before the contest started when the North Queensland crowd observed a moment of silence in memory of the late Paul Greene.
The Townsville crowd fell silent before the announcer said, “Once a cowboy is always a cowboy.”
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