Controversy rages as Manly star KO’d in ugly hit

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There was controversy on Friday night after Manly’s Martin Taupau was knocked out in a controversial late shot by Warriors loan prop Jack Hetherington.

The Warriors in wet and slippery conditions spoiled Manly coach Des Hasler’s milestone night with a 26-22 win over the Sea Eagles in wet conditions at Brookvale Oval.

What was supposed to be a celebration of Hasler’s 400th match as an NRL coach turned out to be a tough defeat as Manly’s finals hopes took a brutal blow.

Already missing the likes of Brad Parker, Tom Trbojevic, Joel Thompson and Dylan Walker, the Sea Eagles could be without Taupau for next Sunday’s clash with the Knights after the backrower was knocked out during the second half.

Taupau was knocked off his feet and helped off the ground when Hetherington’s right arm caught the backrower across the face in an attempted tackle.

Hetherington was placed on report and sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes in a decision that didn’t sit well with Balmain Tigers legend Steve Roach.

Roach said on Fox League’s commentary that the Warriors prop was lucky not to have been sent off for the remainder of the match.

« I’m a big fan of this kid, but you’ve got to call it how you see it. He’s lucky to still be on. »

Taupau was rocked so hard he was unable to pass his HIA and was ruled out for the remainder of the match.

Hetherington will be anxiously waiting what the NRL match review committee has to say with the prop likely to face charges.

Source: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/manlys-martin-taupau-knocked-out-in-loss-to-warriors/88b77964-31c6-4087-b15f-803202ed6066

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