Ex-St Helens prop Luke Thompson surrounded by controversy

Luke Thompson has met the ire of Newcastle Knights following his tackle which has left Daniel Saifiti out with a broken leg.

Thompson was fined a four-figure fee following the bad tackle in Canterbury Bulldogs’ trial game against the Newcastle Knights, after being cited in the 21st minute of their 16-16 apiece draw with a dangerous tackle on the Knights prop.

Newcastle, according to the Daily Telegraph, are raging at a hip drop tackle that left Saifiti with a broken leg and out for the opening month of the season.

Thompson was charged with grade one contrary conduct over the incident and fined $2700 by the match review committee.

Saifiti broke the line and Thompson dropped his body weight onto the New South Wales representative’s leg, causing Saifiti immense pain.

“Saifiti resented the fact that when he went through the line, bent the line and found his front… it felt like his knee or ankle twisted in the tackle,” Cooper Cronk said during commentary on the game on Fox League.

There has been a huge crackdown in both hemispheres concerning dangerous tackles with St George Illawarra Dragons’ Tyrell Fuimaono also incurring a five-match ban for inflicting a horror injury on his soon-to-be brother-in-law Haze Dunster.

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