Burns facing a lengthy sideline stint as Panthers hold on to win

Lachlan Coote

The talk should be about Penrith’s victory to heap the pressure on fellow cellar-dwellars, but instead, the talking point is five-eighth Travis Burns being sent off in the 72nd minute, for a high tackle on Roosters prop Martin Kennedy.

Burns was sent off by referee Ashley Klein for the incident, in what is to see him miss a few games at least – as the Panthers won the game, scoring 5 tries to the Roosters 3.

It won’t get any better for Burns, either, as he was put on report for a chicken wing tackle earlier in the game – set to compound his stint even further.

Roosters coach Brian Smith was clearly not happy with either incident involving Burns, believing that both should come under intense scrutiny.

“I was mildly astonished that the referees didn’t see the ‘chicken wing’ to start with, and in today’s game you don’t often see a send off,” Smith said.

“But I will leave it to others to discuss the merits of that, I have other things to worry about than Travis Burns.”

Whilst Panthers coach Ivan Cleary refused to comment on Burns’s sending-off, he did not believe that his tackle on Mose Masoe, was that of a chicken wing. .

“I didn’t really think it was a ‘chicken wing’, he was hardly going to pull his arm out of the socket,” he said.

The win was a relief for the Panthers, as they snapped a five-game losing streak – whilst the Roosters have won just one of their last nine games.

“That win has been a while coming,” Cleary said.

“It’s good for the boys who have been working so hard to see them get some reward. It’s been pretty hard five losses in a row for the second time this season. It is a long way to go without a win. It was good for our fans to enjoy it as well.”

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