Wests Tigers interim head coach Brett Kimmorley slammed a tackle executed by Broncos lock Patrick Carrigan on Jackson Hastings on Sunday, calling it “awful”.
Kimmorley bristled at his press conference after a serious injury to Hastings spoiled a rare Wests Tigers victory.
Hastings hobbled off the pitch at Suncorp Stadium after Carrigan executed a hip tackle in the 73rd minute which led to the Brisbane enforcer being called out.
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“I thought the tackle was a pretty ordinary tackle,” Kimmorley said after the Tigers’ 32-18 win.
“It’s something that has crept into the game a bit and needs to be dealt with because it’s an awful tackle and the result can be really bad.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters defended Carrigan during his postgame press conference.
“I don’t know if he broke his ankle,” Walters said in response to a reporter claiming exactly that.
“I guess it’s a matter of the heat of battle.
“We will let the review committee consider this.
“Knowing Patrick Carrigan, the person and his character, I wouldn’t have thought there was anything intentional about it.
“It was just in the heat of the moment.”
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The Tigers’ overflow win capped a turbulent week for the joint venture club, having been robbed of victory in chaotic scenes last Sunday.
The Tigers earned their first win since Round 11 and only their fourth victory of the season.
Brisbane fell to fifth in the standings, losing fourth place to Melbourne.
The Broncos will meet the Roosters, Knights, Storm, Eels and Dragons for the remainder of the regular season.
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