Former Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis has slammed Adam Blair, describing him as “one of the dirtiest players on the field” after his chicken wing tackle on Broncos 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 claimed the tackle on Kangaroos forward Thaiday – Blair’s teammate at NRL club Brisbane – was not out of character for 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 am disappointed he wears the Broncos jersey and plays like that.”
Tallis was unimpressed that Blair had committed the chicken wing tackle on a club teammate.
“A teammate wouldn’t do it to you,” he said.
“If I was playing against him, if the referee did not take matters into his own hands, I would have.
“Play tough, play fair. It’s a man’s game.
“It’s tough enough without getting hit in the back and twisted and all that.
“I don’t know why (Brisbane coach) Wayne (Bennett) keeps letting it go because he would chastise all of his players because we always wanted to play within the rules.”
Even with an early guilty plea, Blair will miss this Saturday’s clash against Manly at Suncorp Stadium as part of the NRL double header.
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 for dangerous contact.
The judiciary found him guilty of hitting Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds around the head.
Brisbane have until midday on Tuesday to decide what action they will take.