Jukebox jury out on Eagles star Menzie

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SHEFFIELD Eagles boss Mark Aston is worried that his centre Menzie Yere is in danger of being the victim of his hard man reputation.

The Samoan international is one of the most ferocious tacklers in the game but Aston fears that may influence referees’ decisions.

Yere faces possible suspension after being shown a yellow card and put on report for a tackle on Featherstone’s Jon Hepworth in last Sunday’s game. The Rovers half-back was briefly unconscious and was treated for concussion.

Aston feels referee Matt Thomason, acted too swiftly in putting Yere on report with the result the incident goes before the RFL disciplinary panel. “It was ridiculous, what did he do? Slam him down? Are you not allowed to tackle now? Nobody complained when Menzie was dumped during the game” said Aston. “I think the ref was listening to the crowd and Featherstone coaching staff.”

The burly centre earned the kickname ‘Jukebox’ – because he has all the big hits – from the Aussie media for his tackling during last year’s Four Nations internationals. Yere is likely to be free to play in the Eagles final league game against York at Bramall Lane on Sunday but he could be banned for the start of the Championship play-offs. That would be a major blow for Eagles who have struggled for cover in the centre this season. Yere is leading try this season scorer with 19. Aston added: “If there’s any more action and Menzie is suspended I’d be very disappointed.”