It’s cost Aidan Sezer a representative jersey and injured his halfback, so it’s no wonder Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has concerns over the way Wests Tigers attacked his kickers during Sunday’s NRL match at Leichhardt Oval.
Cartwright confirmed on Monday Sezer will not play for City after injuring his ankle against the Tigers while the full extent of a leg injury to Albert Kelly is yet to be determined.
Kelly limped off the field in the first half of the 22-6 win, the 23-year-old having to dispel fears post-match he’d broken his leg after Tigers’ forward Adam Blair crunched him as he kicked a bomb.
Cartwright said Kelly would undergo X-rays later on Monday to clear him of any fracture and he’s hopeful the No.7 can be fit for the Titans’ next match against the Rabbitohs in two weeks’ time.
Sezer battled on to guide the Titans to their sixth win from eight matches in Kelly’s absence, but Cartwright said there will be no way the 22-year-old will line up against Country in Dubbo on Sunday.
“They were extremely aggressive on the kickers,” Cartwright said.
“It is a very vulnerable position. It’s a tough one because you don’t want to let the kickers stand there and put the ball where they exactly want to.
“They were certainly very aggressive on our kickers all day.”
One player who did get an attack on a kicker right was young Titan Paul Carter, whose chargedown on Braith Anasta resulted in a try to winger Anthony Don.
Carter said it was tough to tell if the Tigers had overstepped the mark in their pressure on Sezer and Kelly.
“It’s hard because everyone’s always trying to put kick pressure on,” he said.
“We lost Alby so there’s one of our kick options gone … when you’ve got one kicker the other side can put a lot of pressure on him.”