Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wests Tigers suffered their tenth loss of season 2022 on Sunday when they were dominated by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 30-4.
Former Tiger Josh Aloiai crossed over for the game’s first try in the 17th minute then Luke Garner hit back six minutes before halftime which saw Manly head to the sheds with a slim two-point lead.
However, the Sea Eagles went on to score 24 unanswered points in the second half to secure victory.
In the lead-up to this game Tigers head coach Michael Maguire was released from his contract which led some to believe that his former side would fire up and at least manage to remain competitive but that, of course, was not the case.
The Sea Eagle onslaught was not the only talking point coming out of the match though as Tigers centre Brent Naden was sent off with 16 minutes to go for a dangerous tackle on Jake Trbojevic.
Naden will certainly spend some time on the sidelines Fox League’s Michael Ennis predicting a lengthy stint off the field for the 26-year-old.
“I think he’s looking at eight weeks,” said Ennis.
“It was as bad a spear tackle as we’ve seen in a long time.
Michael Ennis believes Brent Naden could face an eight-week suspension after he was sent off for a tackle on Jake Trbojevic
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“No player goes out there to do that but the fact is he lands on his head and it could have been a really, really bad outcome for Jake Trbojevic.
“I think he’ll get a suspension around eight weeks, I really do.”
Broncos legend Corey Parker then weighed in on the situation.
“It was as bad as I’ve seen in recent years,” said Parker.
“Jake Trbojevic, yes he got straight back to his feet and he said he was OK but the surprise on his face, he was scared there for a moment.”
No matter how long Naden spends on the sidelines the Tigers have multiple options to replace him with former Super League champion and England International Oliver Gildart and New Zealand born Junior Pauga both currently playing for the Western Suburbs Magpies in the New South Wales Cup competition, with Wests recently defeating Blacktown Workers 40-30.