Panthers out muscle Roosters
Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns is likely to spend a long stint on the sidelines after two controversial incidents in the Panthers' 28-16 win over the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.by NRL
Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns is likely to spend a long stint on the sidelines after two controversial incidents in the Panthers' 28-16 win over the Sydney Roosters on Sunday.
Burns was sent off by referee Ashley Klein in the 72nd minute for a high shot on Roosters' prop Martin Kennedy, after earlier being reported in the 30th minute for a "chicken wing" tackle on interchange Mose Masoe.
Klein did not hesitate in sending Burns from the field and Kennedy left proceedings with a bloodied nose.
St George Illawarra's Matt Prior is the only other player to have been sent off this year - that was also for a high tackle and Prior was given a five-match ban.
Cleary said the way Burns was placed on report could be a problem in the future.
"I'm a bit concerned about how many times we go to the video," he told Grandstand.
"I'd hate to single anyone out... but there seems to be cases where there is a lot of people laying down after tackles which then go to the slo-mo video.
"The video ref is not up to working out if someone is actually injured or not."
The send-off soured the Panthers' five-tries-to-three win at a wet and cold Penrith Stadium.
In a match between two sides who have had disappointing seasons, Panthers centre Brad Tighe dominated proceedings, scoring two tries and having a hand in another.
New South Wales centre Michael Jennings showed he is still one of the most dangerous attackers in the game with a scintillating 50 metre effort to score in the 55th minute in which he ran around Roosters' full-back Anthony Minichiello.
The win, only Penrith's fifth of the season, ended any slim hopes the Roosters had of playing finals football.
Roosters coach Brian Smith responded strongly to reports there was drama within the club at Bondi Junction.
"I'm not concerned about it because it comes from the same source pretty much," he told Grandstand.
"We are not the happiest little Vegemites going around at the moment, because we haven't got where we wanted to get this season.
"And some of that is going to cause angst and distress. That's what happens in professional footy clubs.
"Aside from that... we have no issues at all as far as I'm concerned."
Half-back Mitchell Pearce effectively rubbished reports he was looking for a release from the final year of his contract.
"I'm a bit sick to death of it to be honest. I'm sick of seeing my face in the paper, it is pissing me off and hopefully it goes away."
Panthers: 28 (B Tighe 2, M Robinson, D Simmons, M Jennings tries; L Walsh 4 goals)
Roosters: 16 (S Kenny-Dowall, B Cordner, A Minichiello tries; B Anasta 2 goals)
Source: ABC Sport
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