Cowboys coach says McLean tackle dangerous

North Queensland coach Paul Green has expressed disappointment at the lack of punishment for the wishbone tackle which injured forward Jordan McLean.

jordan mclean of the melbourne storm runs with the ball during the nrl match between the melbourne storm and the brisbane broncos at aami park in melbourne australia
JORDAN MCLEAN of the Melbourne Storm runs with the ball during the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

He's not as badly injured as first feared but the wishbone tackle inflicted on North Queensland prop Jordan McLean in last weekend's loss to Manly has still upset coach Paul Green.

McLean immediately clutched at his left leg after Sea Eagles hooker Manase Fainu lifted then dumped him awkwardly to complete a three-man tackle in 67th minute of the 22-20 NRL defeat.

The Cowboys forward, who was in contention to replace injured David Klemmer in NSW's line-up for State of Origin two, limped off the field

It meant North Queensland had to play out the match with 12 men having used up all their interchanges.

Scans have revealed McLean has a grade one hamstring injury and will miss this weekend's clash with Wests Tigers but could be available for a return following next week's bye.

Green said he'd had discussions with the NRL over the challenge, which went unpunished at the time and didn't result in any charge by the judiciary for Fainu.

"It's dangerous. There's no doubt it's dangerous," Green said.

"You've got two guys hanging off, basically immobilising the top part of your body, and someone swinging off your legs.

"We've seen what it can do to people - Luke O'Donnell had his hamstring torn off the bone here. It's a dangerous position."

Green also confirmed centre Mitch Dunn dislocated his shoulder during the Sea Eagles defeat.

Dunn will need surgery but Green said it was yet to be determined when that would happen.

"If he gets surgery straightaway that will probably be the end of his season," he said.

'He's gonna need surgery eventually. We'll see what's best for him in the long term."


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