Walters urges Flegler to change ways after high shot

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Broncos coach Kevin Walters admits prop Tom Flegler will need to “find the balance” in playing aggressive on the field after he was sin-binned for a high shot during Brisbane’s 24-16 loss to Cronulla.

Leading the Sharks by six points midway through the first half, Flegler was sin-binned for a high shot on Jack Williams.

Williams copped a swinging arm across his face and immediately fell to the ground, which resulted in marching orders from referee Adam Gee at the time.

“He’s in trouble here because there was force,” Greg Alexander said in commentary for Fox League.

“It’s always a risk when someone comes out of the line at speed like Flegler does.”


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Flegler in strife (Fox League)

That moment resulted in back-to-back tries to Cronulla, who flipped the momentum by turning a six-point deficit into an eight-point lead at half-time.

The 22-year-old will likely face scrutiny from the match review committee as a result.

Walters said Flegler, who earlier this season was rewarded with a Maroons debut, will need to monitor his level of aggression to avoid future suspensions.

“Finding the balance, that’s the key with Tom,” Walters said after the game.

“His contact was just a little bit high there. The idea was right because we needed something.

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“He’s that sort of player, he does like to play aggressively. He has to make sure he’s got the discipline side of it as well.

“He will have to find a way, otherwise he will be sitting on the sideline a lot.”

Flegler’s high shot comes after South Sydney superstar Latrell Mitchell committed a similar offence during last night’s clash with the Roosters.

Mitchell is currently staring at a season-ending 6-9 week ban after his high shot left Roosters gun Joey Manu badly injured.

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