Panthers fume over controversial high shot

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has questioned the logic behind Thomas Flegler's sin-binning for knocking out Isaah Yeo with a high shot, expressing surprise that he remained on the field.

In the first half of the Panthers tight 18-12 victory over Brisbane, Broncos forward Flegler caught Yeo with a high shot in a try-saving situation that forced the Panthers skipper to leave the game. Much to the surprise of fans, commentators and Cleary, referee Ben Cummins chose to send Flegler to the sin bin, despite replays showing the reckless nature of the contact.

In addition, Yeo faces an extended time on the sidelines due to his long history with concussions. He'll be forced to pass tests in the coming weeks.

Given the NRL's crackdown on high tackles, Flegler was lucky to return to the action, but could be hit by the match review committee this morning.

Flegler catches Yeo high close to the line. (FOX Sports)

Cleary said the crackdown was brought in to penalise players who make high contact and his side faces the prospect of being without Yeo for weeks. When asked if the punishment fit the crime, Cleary said:

"Nah, not in my opinion," he remarked in the post-match press conference.

"He was knocked out as soon as he hit him. It's an illegal act, that's why he got sent to the bin, so I don't know what you've got to do to get sent off.

"If it was Magic Round he would have been sent off. We haven't seen it for a bit but clearly, a high tackle that knocks him out on contact, you lose your captain and one of your best players for the game.

"Nothing against Flegler but he hit him high, flush and knocked him out. What do we need? It certainly affected us more than them."

As you'd expect, Broncos coach Kevin Walters defended Flegler, saying there was no intent.

"I thought he was pretty desperate to try and stop the try," Walters said.

"There was certainly no malice in it. But we will wait and see what the NRL have to say about it."

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