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Sunday, 14 April 2019

The 'severe' tactic that rocked Eels star


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Parramatta's Blake Ferguson had a tough night in Canberra's 19-0 hammering of the Eels in the nation's capital and making matters worse was the Raiders' Jack Wighton literally rubbing his face in it.

Ferguson suffered a suspected broken nose after a head clash with Raiders forward John Bateman in the first half and stood out with strapping and electrical tape plastered all the way around his face to stop the bleeding from his nose.

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Raiders' five-eighth Wighton couldn't help but notice the Eels winger's predicament and did his utmost to capitalise on Ferguson's pain to try and unsettle the winger.

During a tackle in the first half, replays showed Wighton rubbing Ferguson’s nose just before the play the ball.

And as Ferguson got up and tried to play the ball, the injured star dropped the ball gifting the Raiders with good field position.

The unsavory tactic didn't go unnoticed by commentators.

”They’re targeting him,” former NRL player Braith Anasta said in commentary.

”Watch Wighton rubbing his nose. The pain is severe enough when you have a broken nose and to have players hitting it in the tackle…I mean, it’s gamesmanship.

”It’s put him off his game.”

Ferguson was eventually pulled from the match, but it was for a suspected fractured rib, rather than the nose.

Eels coach Brad Arthur was less than optimistic his star winger would be fit for their Easter Monday clash against the West Tigers next week.

"He got a whack in the ribs early in the game and tried to play on for us and got a needle but couldn't do his job properly so we had to make a change," Arthur said.

"He'll need to get X-rays tomorrow but, yeah, he said it's pretty sore. We'll wait and see if he's in or out next week then we'll worry about it."

Ferguson has starred for the Eels this season and averaged more than 200 running metres per game since signing from premiers the Sydney Roosters.

The former NSW Blues winger could miss up to six weeks with the injury.

-with AAP

Parramatta's Blake Ferguson had a tough night in Canberra's 19-0 hammering of the Eels in the nation's capital and making matters worse was the Raiders' Jack Wighton literally rubbing his face in it.

Ferguson suffered a suspected broken nose after a head clash with Raiders forward John Bateman in the first half and stood out with strapping and electrical tape plastered all the way around his face to stop the bleeding from his nose.

https://twitter.com/nrlphysio/status/1117386137738153984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Raiders' five-eighth Wighton couldn't help but notice the Eels winger's predicament and did his utmost to capitalise on Ferguson's pain to try and unsettle the winger.

During a tackle in the first half, replays showed Wighton rubbing Ferguson’s nose just before the play the ball.

And as Ferguson got up and tried to play the ball, the injured star dropped the ball gifting the Raiders with good field position.

The unsavory tactic didn't go unnoticed by commentators.

”They’re targeting him,” former NRL player Braith Anasta said in commentary.

”Watch Wighton rubbing his nose. The pain is severe enough when you have a broken nose and to have players hitting it in the tackle…I mean, it’s gamesmanship.

”It’s put him off his game.”

Ferguson was eventually pulled from the match, but it was for a suspected fractured rib, rather than the nose.

Eels coach Brad Arthur was less than optimistic his star winger would be fit for their Easter Monday clash against the West Tigers next week.

"He got a whack in the ribs early in the game and tried to play on for us and got a needle but couldn't do his job properly so we had to make a change," Arthur said.

"He'll need to get X-rays tomorrow but, yeah, he said it's pretty sore. We'll wait and see if he's in or out next week then we'll worry about it."

Ferguson has starred for the Eels this season and averaged more than 200 running metres per game since signing from premiers the Sydney Roosters.

The former NSW Blues winger could miss up to six weeks with the injury.

-with AAP

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