Blues blow as key forward Tariq Sims faces decider ban
NSW will be on the lookout for a fresh forward bench option for the State of Origin decider next month if Tariq Sims can't beat a Grade 2 dangerous tackle charge.
The Grade 2 charge for the Dragon's tackle on Cowboys playmaker Michael Morgan on Friday night carries 225 points - a two-game ban.
Sims came off the bench for the Blues in the Origin victory over Queensland last Sunday.
The Dragons have yet to decide whether to fight the charge at the judiciary.
North Queensland coach Paul Green was not happy in the post-match press conference.
"I thought it was late and high," he said of the hit on Morgan.
"He's not feeling very well, he didn't come back on so.
"They brought it up in the NRL about protecting ball players after they pass and kick, but they see it a different way there tonight.
"They (the NRL) will look at the tackle and it was spoken about in that meeting about protecting the ball players once they pass the ball.
"If they have relaxed and they are the dangerous ones with the whiplash and they can cause concussion.
"I'm not saying that was the case because I haven't had a good enough look at this tackle but it has been spoken about and how we need to protect the ball players too."
But Dragons coach Paul McGregor hit back at Green's comments with a barb of his own.
"He (Green) blows up about a fair bit," McGregor said when asked about the hit. "He had a go at Freddy (Fittler) last week too didn't he?
"He's got a lot to say … Am I comfortable with the tackle? Absolutely, he wrapped his arms around him, how can you stop that momentum?
"It was looked at, there was a scrum packed, move on, zip his mouth."
Storm forward Jesse Bromwich is also facing a one-week ban for a similar tackle in Melbourne's win over the Roosters in Adelaide.
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