Former NRL hardman Gorden Tallis says Adam Blair is “one of the dirtiest players on the field” after the forward was charged for a chicken wing tackle on his Brisbane teammate Sam Thaiday.
Kiwi forward Blair is facing a one-match NRL ban after being hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge for the incident in New Zealand’s 16-0 Test loss to Australia in Newcastle last Friday.
Tallis said he was disappointed Blair wore the Broncos jersey, claiming the tackle on Kangaroos forward Thaiday – a teammate at his NRL club Brisbane – was typical of the Kiwi forward.
“I think he is one of the dirtiest players on the field and he means to do it,” the former Kangaroos and Brisbane forward said.
“I think it is poor what he did.
“I don’t know why (Brisbane coach) Wayne Bennett keeps letting it go.
“I am disappointed he wears the Broncos jersey.”
Even with an early guilty plea, Blair will miss this Saturday’s clash against Manly at Suncorp Stadium.
If Blair is unsuccessful in fighting the charge he will miss two matches.
Prior to last weekend’s representative fixture, Blair also missed the Broncos’ 30-28 defeat by Cronulla in round nine due to suspension.
Brisbane have until midday on Tuesday to decide what action they will take.