Jackson Hastings might have got one over on his former side on Sunday afternoon – but there was certainly plenty of feeling involved in Newcastle’s brave victory.
After being let go by the Tigers in the off-season, Hastings helped orchestrate one of the most phenomenal wins in the Knights lengthy history, holding off the hosts 14-12 at Leichhardt Oval.
The visitors lost Kalyn Ponga and Jayden Brailey to HIAs, while the Knights also spent a large portion of the game with 12 men on the field following a sin-bin and a send-off for Dom Young and Jacob Saifiti.
Hastings was involved in an unsavoury incident of his own during the clash, with the halfback clipping former teammate Tommy Talau with a high shot, leaving the Tigers centre with a broken nose.
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The 27-year-old apologised for the tackle during an interview with Fox League, before attempting to smooth things over with Talau as the cameras continued to roll.
But unfortunately for Hastings, the olive branch he extended wasn’t accepted and it led to a potentially ugly moment with both Talau and David Klemmer.
Watch the incident involving Hastings and Talau below.
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“I honestly didn’t think I got him but he’s bleeding so obviously I did, I’m really sorry to Tommy and I’ll say sorry to him after this, it was a pure accident, there was no malice in it,” Hastings said.
“He came at me and was well within his rights after getting hit like that. So full apologies to Tommy, it was an accident and I’m just glad to get the win and try to stop a try.”
Wests also lost Jake Simpkin to a high shot in the second-half following a nasty high shot from Saifiti, who is now facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
Tim Sheens – who was visibly frustrated in the aftermath – was in no mood to speak about Hastings and was disappointed to see two of his players suffer head knocks due to foul play.
“Please boys, give that one up would you – Christ almighty,” Sheens said of Hastings.
“I’ll have to ask about that. Tommy’s got a broken nose, so it was high. He failed his HIA, so I lose him next week – do you think I’m happy?
“They were under a fair bit of pressure – but mind you, the couple of boys I’m going to lose for the next week aren’t real happy about it and neither am I.”
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