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NRL icon baffled after referee’s call as Reece Walsh suffers horrific hit


Fox League commentator Andrew Voss was left baffled that Penrith’s Taylan May was flagged for a high shot which left Reece Walsh with a “severe” cut around his eye.

May collided with the Brisbane superstar in a brutal blow to the head just minutes after the start of the rematch of the 2023 grand final at BlueBet Stadium.

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The blow left Walsh bleeding profusely under his left eye and was forced to leave the field to undergo an assessment of his head injury.

Although Walsh passed his HIA and appeared ready to return to action, he ventured into the sheds and was ultimately ruled out of competition due to his inability to see properly out of his left eye, star fullback scheduled to undergo analyzes on Friday. Morning.

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Referee Gerard Sutton decided to blow the whistle and award the Broncos a penalty, explaining to Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo that May had “a duty to lean to make a tackle and he doesn’t lean”.

Sutton then put May under surveillance.

However, the decision to call for a penalty and then not put May in the bin left Voss flabbergasted.

Rugby league legend Michael Ennis noted in a comment “we’re going to see a penalty here” and Voss replied: “Really?”

After Sutton reported May, Voss couldn’t believe what he saw.

“Okay, if it’s illegal and the player is injured and that player is now out, can you follow the logical process?” Voss said.

“I don’t support the decision on its face.

Voss added: “It’s a topic of discussion. (NRL) Can 360 have a special edition on this incident only? Has the game just been rewritten, how is it played? »

Ennis then highlighted the significant impact Walsh’s absence would have on the Broncos given his importance in their attack.

“Well, all of a sudden for Kevin Walters, the plans are a mess,” Ennis said.

“Their superstar fullback just four minutes into the contest left the field with a serious cut around his eye after a serious collision with Taylan May.”

Still, Voss continued to question why Sutton called the incident a penalty in the first place.

“I don’t agree with the penalty,” Voss said.

“The fact is they ruined everything. Injured player, now off the field, potentially gone for the game, and there’s no trash can?

“I mean, any other high tackle, you go in the trash.”

Voss concluded: “I don’t understand, I’m sorry. Duty of care, there are a lot of accidents in our game and this is an accident.

Originally published as NRL icon baffled after referee’s call as Reece Walsh suffers horrific hit


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