30 Mar 2013

Inu could face NRL ban over spear tackle

7:29 am on 30 March 2013

Kiwi Centre Krisnan Inu could face a National Rugby League ban following his spear tackle on South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis.

The Canterbury Bulldogs player was lucky to stay on the field after the incident in the second half of his side's 17-12 defeat after dumping Inglis on his head.

However, referee Shayne Hayne opted to place the Kiwi centre on report.

No player has been sent from the field for a spear tackle since Peter O'Driscoll received his marching orders for Souths in 1995.

The Bulldogs coach Des Hasler refused to defend his player but says it was out of character for the enigmatic centre to deliberately try and hurt an opponent.

He says it was a tackle that went wrong but says Inu has an impeccable record.

Inglis was suffering from a sore neck after the game and was checked out by doctors, but is not expected to miss any games.