'I've never been more frightened': Brent Tate pleads for change after lifting tackle

'I've never been more frightened': Brent Tate pleads for change after lifting tackle

Queensland winger Brent Tate has launched an impassioned plea to the NRL to eradicate lifting tackles from rugby league, saying he had never been more frightened than when he was sent hurtling into the air by NSW playmaker Josh Reynolds in the Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium.

Tate was left gobsmacked when told Reynolds was hit with a grade two dangerous throw charge for the offence, which will see him miss a fortnight of football if he pleads guilty and three weeks if he unsuccessfully challenges the charge. Beau Scott, also involved in the tackle, was charged (grade one) but won't miss a game.

After a career that has been plagued by neck injuries, Tate said he was left shaking for 10 minutes after he rose to his feet following the tackle, which sent the Maroons into a frenzy as they rallied around their veteran winger.

Tate said his anger wasn't directed at Reynolds but the style of tackle. Just months after the Alex McKinnon incident, which left the young Newcastle forward paralysed, Tate said it shouldn't take another serious injury to force the game's administrators to up the ante and deal with the issue.


"Mate I've never been more frightened in all my life. My legs were shaking for about 10 minutes after that. I don't think I've ever been so scared in a rugby league match," Tate said.

No control: Brent Tate said he felt shaken for 10 minutes after this tackle by Josh Reynolds and Beau Scott.

"I didn't know where I was. At the end of the day, we're trying to stamp this type of thing out. I haven't seen it, I just felt it. I was pretty shaken up by it all because I was in a position where I had no control of where I was going."

Tate remains one of the game's few straight shooters and said nobody else in rugby league needs to be lying in a hospital bed because of a dangerous lifting tackle.

"We want that out of our game. We can't have it in our game. It's too dangerous. It's got to stop," Tate said.


"The NRL has to get serious about this and start cracking down, because we've already had an unfortunate incident. What are we going to do? Are we going to be sitting beside somebody else's bed? Is that the next time we're going to crack down on it? I don't know."

Queensland lock Corey Parker was one of the players that rushed in to help Tate and said he was worried for his safety after the tackle.

Phil Lutton

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