NRL 2022 news, cannonball tackle, Luciano Leilua, Trent Loiero, Wests Tigers vs Melbourne Storm


Wests Tigers forward Luciano Leilua is disappointed a cannonball tackle on him was only met with a fine by the NRL.

Melbourne player Trent Loiero was charged for the dangerous contact incident on Saturday, but escaped with a $1000 hit to the hip pocket.

Many pundits believe the penalty is too lenient for a tackle that has potential to cause serious injury to the ball-carrier.

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Leilua was dismayed the illegal action on him was not punished more.

“You want to get that stuff out of the game,” Leilua told media today.

“It’s unfortunate. It was more of a shock at the time with the way he came in, he got me by surprise.

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Leilua felled by cannonball tackle

“My knee is still clicking now. I have to get treatment, and the physio says it’s a mild cork.

“It’s disappointing. I thought he would have got a [week]. That’s up to the match review committee to decide.

“There should be no place for the cannonball tackle in the game – we should be definitely taking it out.

“We take care of our legs here [at the Tigers]… the cannonball, hip-drop tackle, we definitely don’t practice it.”

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