Sharks fullback William Kennedy might be dealing with a prolonged stint on the sidelines after he was despatched off for a “coathanger” excessive shot.
Sharks fullback William Kennedy might be dealing with a prolonged stint on the sidelines after he was despatched off for a “coathanger” deal with on Warriors younger gun Reece Walsh on Sunday afternoon.
In the seventeenth minute of Cronulla’s Round 9 contest at PointsBet Stadium, a wrong-footed Kennedy tried to deal with his rival fullback by protruding his left arm close to the 20m line.
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His arm wrapped round Walsh’s neck at pace, and the 19-year-old hit the deck — Kennedy instantly apologised for the deal with and referee Todd Smith known as the sport to a halt.
“Oh my goodness,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss exclaimed.
Smith informed the Bunker: “I don’t really like it.”
After deliberation between on-field officers and the Bunker, Kennedy was despatched off, leaving the Sharks reeling with 12 gamers for the rest of the competition.
Walsh, to his credit score, jumped to his ft right away and walked away from the incident unhurt, however the referee had little possibility however to indicate Kennedy the dressing-room.
“It looked spectacular. The legs went from under him,” Panthers legend Greg Alexander informed Fox League.
“That is just the old-fashioned coathanger. He left the ground too, his feet were off the ground.
“You talk about what happened in the game 20 or 30 years ago, you would’ve been sent off for that 20 or 30 years ago.
“Contact was made around the head and he left the ground to make that tackle. That is a send-off offence.”
To rub salt into the injuries, Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored the aspect’s first attempt of the match within the set following the excessive shot.
Kennedy turns into the second participant in as many weeks to be despatched from the sector by the on-field referee.
Manly second-rower Karl Lawton suffered the identical destiny for laying a spear deal with on South Sydney’s Cameron Murray final weekend — in complete, Kennedy is the third participant to be despatched off in the course of the 2022 season.
Kennedy’s “coathanger” deal with comes nearly a 12 months to the day for the reason that NRL’s notorious crackdown on headhigh contact throughout Magic Round 2021.
Three gamers, Herman Ese’ese, Josh Papalii and Tyrell Fuimaono, had been despatched off for top tackles throughout that weekend.
The Sharks held a slim two-point lead at halftime, however their woes continued after the interval with centre Jesse Ramien despatched to the sin bin for a excessive shot on second-rower Euan Aitken. However, the hosts in some way managed to outlive the 10-minute interval with 11 gamers unscathed.
And a few minutes after Ramien rejoined the motion, Cronulla’s Connor Tracey scored on the left wing to increase the Sharks result in 10 factors with 13 minutes remaining on the clock.
“I cannot believe what has happened in this second half,” Alexander fumed.
— with Adam Lucius, NCA NewsWire