The outbursts by Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett and players Petero Civoniceva and Darren Lockyer who claimed Eel Jarryd Hayne had feigned injury – backfired badly today when the NRL match review committee cleared Jarryd Hayne and approached the Broncos with a ‘please explain’ over their player Michael Ennis.
Michael Ennis was brushed by Eel Fui Fui Moi Moi after getting a kick away, Ennis going down injured then quickly taking a peek at the referee before remaining down.
When no penalty was given to the Broncos, Ennis quickly rejoined his defensive line and showed no ill-effects.
The move comes more as a slap in the face for Bennett and the Broncos who were insistent their side do not feign injury to attract penalties. The jury is still out on Jarryd Hayne – but the Broncos certainly should not be the ones pointing the finger.
It was surprising to see even Darren Lockyer who wasn’t even on the field come out and attack Hayne – the Broncos obviously felt strongly about the issue, if they are serious about the situation then half back Michael Ennis should be dropped from this weeks line-up.