Brisbane Broncos NRLW star Ashleigh Werner has been sent off for allegedly biting the Roosters opponent – as the shocking act makes unwanted footy history
- Ashleigh Werner is said to have bitten an opponent
- Werner became the first NRLW sender ever
- Roosters defeated the Broncos 36-18
Brisbane winger Ashleigh Werner made history in her first NRLW game by biting opponent Jayme Fressard in the Sydney Roosters’ 36-18 win on the opening day of the competition.
When Werner received marching orders in the middle of the second half because of the alleged bite, she was sent off for the first time by the competition.
Fressard had her arm wrapped around Werner’s face while she executed a tackle and immediately staggered away in obvious pain.
Bunker reviewed the incident and could see Werner had her mouth wrapped around her rival’s arm, leaving referee Wyatt Raymond with no choice but to send her off.
“The Bunker checked it out. “The hand goes in her mouth and she clasps the hand so it’s gone,” Raymond told Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw.
Ashleigh Werner has been sent off for an alleged bite on Roosters winger Jayme Fressard
Werner was said goodbye to the competition for the first time on Saturday evening
“It doesn’t look that great from the point of view, but from experience every time you put an arm or a hand around someone’s head and touch their teeth, it actually feels like someone is biting you,” said Broncos coach Scott Prince.
“It’s a contact game and every time you hit the mouth you feel like you’ve been bitten.” “We need to take a look and find out where Fressard’s allegations are.”
Fressard was certain she had been bitten during the tackle and has the evidence to prove it.
“Frezzy’s arm has some teeth marks,” Roosters coach John Strange said after the game.
“She’s not too happy (about the incident), but we’re leaving it up to the judiciary to deal with it.” It’s unfortunate that this happened in-game, but Frezzy is fine.
“There are teeth marks on her arm so I’m not sure if the mouthguard is in the shape of teeth.” There is quite a bit of blood and teeth marks.”
Retired soccer star Allana Ferguson thought the farewell was fair.
“It’s a tough question because (Fressard) had his arm over his mouth for a long time,” Ferguson said on Nine.
Werner’s fate is now in the hands of the match evaluation committee, which meets on Sunday
“But I mean, that shot there speaks volumes.”
Phil Gould believed that Fressard’s reaction to the incident may have contributed to the punishment being imposed, but did not think it was unfair.
“[Werner]is wearing her surgical mask so I’m not sure how much it would have hurt,” Gould said on Nine.
“But if she gets a pinched arm, you have to stop it and it’s one of those things that footballers really hate. ‘They hate getting an eye pick and they hate biting.’
Footy fans took to social media to comment on the send-off, and most agreed it was poor form from the Broncos debutant.
“A little Luis Suarez,” said one Twitter user.
“What a mongrel,” commented another.
Other fans sided with Werner and believed that her forearm was pressed in her face.
“I’m sort of on the side of the player whose arm was slammed into her open mouth in this instance. Sorry… The penalty should have been reversed,” said one user.
The Match Review Committee will now decide Werner’s fate.