Naden, Olam to miss a week for Tigers as Benji fumes

Joel Gould |

Wests Tigers centre Brent Naden hits Dolphins winger Jack Bostock in the head with his forearm.
Wests Tigers centre Brent Naden hits Dolphins winger Jack Bostock in the head with his forearm.

West Tigers duo Brent Naden and Justin Olam have both been slapped with dangerous contact charges and face missing one week of action with early guilty pleas.

Naden felt the wrath of coach Benji Marshall after he was put on report and sin-binned for a needless forearm to the head of Dolphins winger Jack Bostock in the Tigers’  24-12 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, their seventh defeat in a row.

Compounding the Tigers’ woes, centre Justin Olam followed Naden to the bin for a hip-drop style of tackle on winger Jamayne Isaako and was also placed on report.  

After the match Marshall was fuming over Naden’s actions on the cusp of halftime when Bostock was on the ground on the final play and the Tigers were set to get the ball back.

Olam and Naden are now set to miss the clash with North Queensland in Townsville on Friday night.

Marshall suggested after the match that Olam’s action was an accident but not so with Naden.

“Disappointed, and disappointed for the team because then we get punished with 12 players,” Marshall said of Naden’s brain explosion.

“Justin Olam’s one I can understand. He was getting a piggyback ride but then we are playing with 11. It just doesn’t help. 

“It is frustrating and the message the last six weeks is that we keep beating ourselves.

“If we can’t change that, then the people have to change.

“Our discipline is terrible and we need to find players that are more disciplined.”

Dolphins fullback Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow scored while the Tigers were down to 11 men but they still had plenty of chances in the attacking zone only to stuff up their final play options.

“We have to start learning from our mistakes and maybe I need to deliver that better as a coach to them,” Marshall said.

“To their credit they fight and hang in there.”

Tigers hooker and captain  Api Koroisau played his 200th NRL game and scored a second-half try to keep his side in it.

Marshall said Koroisau “epitomises what we want our club to be like” with his desire and class.

Koroisau said he needed to be better.

“I had a few errors out there and missed a few tackles,” he said.

“I’ve got my own job to perfect at the moment.”

In other match review committee news, Warriors forward Jackson Ford (dangerous throw), Melbourne prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona (dangerous contact) and Penrith warhorse James Fisher-Harris (dangerous contact) will all be free to play in round 12 with early guilty pleas.