NRL Round 9: William Kennedy sent off for “incredibly dangerous” tackle on Reece Walsh, Sharks vs Warriors score

Sharks full-back William Kennedy may face a long spell on the sidelines after being sent off for a high ‘coat hanger’ shot.

Sharks full-back William Kennedy may face a long spell on the sidelines after being sent off for a “hanger” tackle on Warriors young gun Reece Walsh on Sunday afternoon.

In the 17th minute of Cronulla’s round 9 at PointsBet Stadium, a Kennedy with the wrong foot attempted to take on his rival full-back by sticking out his left arm near the 20-meter line.

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His arm quickly wrapped around Walsh’s neck and the 19-year-old hit the bridge: Kennedy immediately apologized for the tackle and referee Todd Smith suspended play.

“Oh my God,” exclaimed Fox League commentator Andrew Voss.

Smith told the Bunker: “I don’t like it very much.”

After deliberation between the table officials and the bunker, Kennedy was sent off, leaving the Sharks to falter with 12 players for the remainder of the match.

Walsh, to his credit, immediately jumped to his feet and walked away from the incident unharmed, but the referee had no choice but to show Kennedy the locker room.

“It looked spectacular. The legs went from under him, ”Panther legend Greg Alexander told Fox League.

“That’s just the old-fashioned coat rack. He also left the earth, his feet were off the ground.

“If you talk about what happened in the game 20 or 30 years ago, you would have been expelled for that 20 or 30 years ago.

“Contact was made around the head and left the ground to make that tackle. This is a crime of expulsion. “

To rub salt into the wounds, Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored the team’s first try in the set after the high shot.

Kennedy becomes the second player in as many weeks to be sent off the pitch by the on-pitch referee.

Manly second rower Karl Lawton suffered the same fate for placing a spear tackle on South Sydney’s Cameron Murray last weekend: in total, Kennedy is the third player to be sent off during the 2022 season.

Kennedy’s “hanger” tackle comes nearly a year after the NRL’s infamous crackdown on head-on contact during the 2021 Magic Round.

Three players, Herman Ese’ese, Josh Papalii and Tyrell Fuimaono, were sent off for high tackles that weekend.

The Sharks had a tight two-point lead at half-time but continued after half-time with center Jesse Ramien sent to the sin bin for a high shot on second rower Euan Aitken.

However, the hosts somehow managed to survive the 10-minute period with 11 players unharmed, with the warriors guilty of repeated ruck infractions and unforced errors.

A couple of minutes after Ramien returned to the field, Cronulla’s Connor Tracey scored on the left flank, bringing the Sharks lead to 10 points with 13 minutes remaining.

“I can’t believe what happened in this second half,” Alexander was angry.

Despite having one less player on the pitch for most of the match, Cronulla dominated the hapless warriors in the second half to emerge 29-10 winners.

It was a flurry, it was brave, it was heartwarming – and it will surely be considered one of the biggest wins in the club’s 55-year history.

“Up Up Cronulla” has rarely been sung with such enthusiasm in a regular season game, as the crowd has enthusiastically welcomed the players full-time.

The Sharks will then take on the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday May 15, kicking off at 1:50 pm AEST.

– with Adam Lucius, NCA NewsWire

Originally published as Shark full-back William Kennedy sent off for an “incredibly dangerous” tackle on Reece Walsh