St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt says Tyrell Fuimaono was “shattered” in the dressing room following his controversial tackle on Haze Dunster which eliminated the young Eels for the season.
Fuimaono faces five weeks on the sidelines with an early guilty plea after the match review committee hit his hip tackle hard.
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The Eels have confirmed Dunster will miss the entire 2022 season after rupturing his anterior, medial and posterior ligaments.
Following the incident, it was revealed that Dunster and Fuimaono were close to the pitch, with the eel being in a relationship with Fuimaono’s younger sister, who plays with St George Illawarra in the NRLW.
The tackle that landed Tyrell Fuimaono in hot water
“I walked into the hangar after the game and he (Fuimaono) was quite upset,” he told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“He was really disappointed in himself.
“To hurt someone who is close to his family, he is quite upset about it.
“He certainly didn’t mean to do it on purpose, he’s very close to Haze.
“It’s a shame, the whole situation.”
Asked how a player gets a hip-drop tackle from their game, Hunt said it was “difficult” to solve.
“You’re out there and it’s all really fast, trying to tackle and take a guy down as fast as you can,” Hunt said.
“You’re not trying to hurt someone, you’re just trying to knock them down.
“It looked bad the way he took him down, but I know Tyrell was just trying to put the man down.
“It’s difficult. They seem to be different all the time and the way they are judged.
“I don’t know how they can rule differently.”
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