Heavy ban on Tevita Pangai Jnr for crusher tackle


Brisbane’s Tevita Pangai Jnr is facing a minimum three-week ban for a crusher tackle last night.

The NRL’s match review committee handed a grade one charge to Pangai Jnr for his tackle on South Sydney’s Cameron Murray in the first half of the Bronco’s heavy 46-0 defeat.

Due to his record in recent years, with an early plea Pangai Jnr will be suspended for three games and four weeks if he fights it and is found guilty at the judiciary.

Following the Broncos’ thrashing by the Rabbitohs, Pangai Jnr confirmed reports that he’s been given permission to explore the market despite being contracted for another year in Brisbane.

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“They got me in on my day off and told me I’m free to look elsewhere,” Pangai told Nine’s Johnathan Thurston post-match.

“Players have to be held accountable for the results that we’ve been tossing up, so if that’s me, I have to look elsewhere.