Melbourne Storm second rower Felise Kaufusi poked his ugly elbow at Ryan Matterson’s head for the first time – but he refused to apologize.
The home state Queensland forward was banned from two games after appearing to hit Matterson’s head with his right elbow as Parramatta Eels’ back rower fell to the ground in a second round tackle .
Matterson suffered a concussion and is finally set to return to the field when the Eels meet the Canterbury Bulldogs at Stadium Australia on Saturday.
Kaufusi said he had not contacted Matterson and maintained that he played hard but fair.
“It’s just one of those things that happened in the game,” Kaufusi said of Sydney. Nine news.
“There was no intention and unfortunately he has already had some blows to the head.
“I love being aggressive, playing hard, but obviously well within the rules.
“Unfortunately that one hit him on the head, but I’m not going there to intentionally hurt someone.”
Felise Kaufusi on report for hitting Ryan Matterson
Former Cronulla Sharks and NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen said following the incident that Kaufusi had done nothing wrong.
“I don’t think it was the elbow that gave him a concussion,” Gallen said of Nine’s 100% footy.
“He thinks the elbow was a peek.
“It was the force with which he hit the ground that knocked him out.”
But Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters legend Brad Fittler took the opposite view, saying the NRL needs to be more serious when it comes to head injuries.
“We are in a place where to find out more about our bodies and our brains. The reckless and reckless things that happen in a game – you have to come down harder,” Fittler told 2GB Wide World of Sports radio at moment of Kaufusi’s elbow. .
“Four to six weeks could have been something better (than two weeks).
“All of a sudden your coach is not supporting you, saying it was stupid and you are going to cost the team dearly.”
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