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Heighington can breath easy say coaches

Wayne Heming 16/04/2011 12:08:52 PM Comments (0)

Rival coaches Tim Sheens and John Cartwright admit they'll be surprised if Wests Tigers forward Chris Heighington is forced to defend a striking charge at the NRL judiciary next week.

Heighington, who appeared to be on a mission to take out Titans dangermen Scott Prince and Greg Bird, who required stitches and finished with a swollen lip, flew close to the wind several times during the Gold Coast's 20-14 comeback win at Skilled Park.

He was put on report for a high tackle on Bird in the 36th minute and later wiped out man of the match Scott Prince after he attempted a 73rd minute field goal to break a 14-all deadlock before forward Mark Minichiello crossed for the winning try.

While Heighington appeared to collect Bird in the face, Titans coach Cartwright was prepared to send a message to the judiciary on his behalf.

"I don't mind that," was Cartwright's initial reaction.

"I hate to see anyone (suspended) .... we lost Greg Bird for a week for nothing.

"We've got to accept it's a game of inches and every now and then they (players) get it wrong."

Sheens was confident he would have Heighington's aggressive game for next week's clash with Brisbane.

"He (Bird) was falling in the tackle. It's a penalty, that's all it should be," said Sheens.

Prince said an early error with a flick pass, which turned over possession and led to the Tiger's first try, had spurred him on to redeem himself which he did with the crucial 73rd minute try.

"I don't know what was going on there, I thought I was in the backyard playing with my kids," said Prince, able to laugh off his mistake.

"I could just hear Carty (Cartwright) blowing up.

"I felt I'd let the team down and I guess evened it up (with the try) towards the end."

Tigers captain Robbie Farah who shared in a premiership with Prince in 2005 was in no mood to compliment his former team mate.

"It doesn't matter who it is. I don't care if he's a former team mate," said Farah.

"We spoke about not taking dummies off him (Prince) all week and we did.

"Good luck to him."

Prince bounced back from a couple of dubious tackles after kicking on the last tackle.

"That's the way Tim coaches," he said.

"When a half goes to the line, you take him out and certainly with my kicking game they didn't miss me."

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