There has been a lot of talk about Jackson Hastings in recent days as the former Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils star geared up to take on his former club the Wests Tigers with the Newcastle Knights.
There was even talk that he had to leave due to a rift between him and new signing from Wigan John Bateman.
Then after today’s game which was edged by the Knights in Hastings’ favour.
However, after the game, Hastings was caught up in a fiery exchange with two Tigers players stemming from a high tackle during the game.
“You can see Tommy Talau goes up to Jackson Hastings after the interview he just had with us, pushes him in the chest,” Braith Anasta said in Fox League’s coverage of Sunday’s action.
“Klemmer comes up afterwards. The Tigers not too happy with Jackson at all. Not sure if that was warranted or called for. Klemmer giving him an absolute serve. Tensions are high.”
“You don’t see that often, shirt-fronting someone after the game” added Greg Alexander.
You can see the incident here:
Wow!@FOXNRL showing some argy bargy between Klemmer & Talau and Hastings after he finished his TV interview.
Tigers showing more fight after fulltime 🤣 pic.twitter.com/gxR5EbNNUm
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin1960) March 12, 2023
In the interview itself, Hastings addressed the tackle and apologised:
“I honestly didn’t think I got him but he’s bleeding so obviously I did, I’m really sorry to Tommy and I’ll say sorry to him after this, it was a pure accident, there was no malice in it,” Hastings said.
“He came at me and was well within his rights after getting hit like that. So full apologies to Tommy, it was an accident and I’m just glad to get the win and try to stop a try.”