Eagles to tackle Yere problem

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SHEFFIELD Eagles will work with Menzie Yere on his tackling technique after the centre was banned from the Championship Grand Final.

Coach Mark Aston said: “Without a shadow of a doubt the club will support its players.

“Taking Menzie out of one of the biggest games of his career is difficult to understand.

“Menzie isn’t going back home so we will be working with him. Menzie’s not malicious; he does need a bit of work, he doesn’t look up (going into a tackle) as we coach but he’s been through Test series and played a lot of games in the UK.”

Aston is concerned that all the attention on Papua New Guinea international Yere in the run-up the Grand Final could lead to the player becoming a “marked man” - and attract undue attention by referees.

“I think Menzie has only been sent off once and that was deemed ‘sending-off sufficient’. Maybe referees are making a bee-line for him,” he said. “In the last month he’s played a couple of games and picked up the suspensions but nobody looks at the times he’s been banged about and driven into the ground. He’s probably had the rough end of the stick.”

Yere missed out on the Grand Final after he was suspended for two games by the RFL disciplinary panel for a dangerous throw tackle on Leigh’s Stuart Donlan in the semi final. His appeal against the ban was also dismissed.

He had been sidelined for the first two play-off games after picking up a two-game ban for a dangerous contact offence by “driving the head of an opponent into the ground in an unsafe manner” in a league game against Featherstone.

The Eagles squad were due to have a debriefing session tonight following their 40-4 Grand Final defeat by Featherstone.

Eagles have players in the Welsh, Irish and Scotland squads for the autumn internationals.