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Broncos beats Tigers, Civoniceva sweats

By Wayne Heming 25/06/2007 10:35:12 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane forward Petero Civoniceva was hoping the first sin bin of his 200-game career would not jeopardise his chances of playing in next week's third State of Origin game which could possibly his last.

Referee Shane Hayne sent Civoniceva to the sin bin after he charged into a brawl in the 69th minute of Brisbane's 48-18 NRL win over the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.

Tigers forward Bryce Gibbs went in hard in a tackle on Brisbane second-rower Corey Parker, who reacted to the heavy treatment he copped on the ground.

The NRL's match review committee could take a look at the incident but it's highly unlikely they would take any further action given Civoniceva was punished by Hayne.

"There was a bit of niggle in the tackle and he (Gibbs) came over the top pretty hard and it went on for some time," Civoniceva said.

"We all came in to try and stop it but it just escalated from there.

"I'd hate to miss an Origin over that, third game, at home, it would certainly be very hard to miss.

"But I've got a clean record and I haven't be in trouble or done anything like that before so we just move on."

Brisbane received the penalty for Gibbs holding Parker down, but were left a man short for the final 10 minutes when Civoniceva was the only player dismissed following the fighting.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett who said the fight had been a "bit of fun" for the fans, was critical of referee Shayne Hayne for not blowing his whistle sooner.

"It was a bit of fun and they (fans) loved it," said Bennett.

"I was surprised with the referee to be honest.

"It was a typical example of it they let things go on the players take things into their own hands.

"He (Hayne) should have blown the whistle as soon that happened when they were on the ground and it would not have been an issue."

Skipper Darren Lockyer agreed.

"If the ref blows his whistle earlier, the players don't come in," he said."

Tigers coach Tim Sheens said Hayne had made a "blunder" and should have over-ruled the penalty when Civoniceva was sin binned for foul play.

"It was a blunder by him," said Hayne.

"If the penalty goes our way it makes a difference to a scoreline like that when for and against will be a big issue in 10 weeks time."

Brisbane lock Tonie Carroll turned back the clock with a wonderful first half, setting up tries for fullback Karmichael Hunt and Lockyer before scoring himself as Brisbane led 28-6.

"It was vintage Carroll and nice to see him play that way," said Bennett.

Lockyer said Carroll had commented to him at half time "can someone get these spiders off me".

Sheens forecast some changes to the Tigers team to play Canberra in Canberra on Saturday.

"They ran through us and over us, that's not acceptable," said Sheens.

"The guys will have to put their hands up, there will be changes next week."

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