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PAN­GAI IN PERIL

BRONCO’S FU­TURE ON THE LINE

- ROBERT CRADDOCK CHRIS HONNERY Sports · Rugby · Queensland · Brisbane · Johnathan Thurston · The National Television Network · Annastacia Palaszczuk · Sydney · Kevin Walters

COVID cow­boy Te­vita Pan­gai Jr has been urged to re­con­sider his fu­ture with the Bron­cos af­ter his brazen breach left the NRL com­pe­ti­tion tee­ter­ing on a knife’s edge.

Bron­cos en­forcer Pan­gai spent more than an hour at the Bron­cos’ Red Hill base on Mon­day an­swer­ing a “please ex­plain‘’ from chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul White over break­ing NRL biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols on Satur­day.

Pan­gai is fac­ing a five-fig­ure fine from the NRL and is in dan­ger of a club sus­pen­sion for miss­ing 35 per cent of games since the start of last sea­son.

Queens­land coach and Bron­cos great Kevin Wal­ters ques­tioned whether Pan­gai wanted to stay at the club and said this is­sue could prove piv­otal to his fu­ture.

“If Te­vita does want to leave the club, well here’s an op­por­tu­nity for him to get out,” Wal­ters said.

COVID cow­boy Te­vita Pan­gai Jr has been urged to re­con­sider his fu­ture with the Bron­cos af­ter his brazen breach left the NRL com­pe­ti­tion tee­ter­ing on a knife’s edge.

En­forcer Pan­gai spent more than an hour at the Bron­cos’ Red Hill base on Mon­day an­swer­ing a “please ex­plain‘’ from chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul White over his de­ci­sion to defy NRL biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols and at­tend the open­ing of a bikiealign­ed bar­ber shop on Satur­day.

Pan­gai is fac­ing a five-fig­ure fine from the NRL and is also in dan­ger of cop­ping a sus­pen­sion from the Bron­cos, for whom he will have missed 35 per cent of games since the start of last sea­son due to sus­pen­sion, when he ap­pears in a fort­night.

The reck­less Pan­gai, who will miss Bris­bane’s next two games af­ter be­ing placed in a COVID hold, is out of favour, and has been since he was al­leged to have phoned Roost­ers bene­fac­tor Nick Poli­tis re­cently to talk about a pos­si­ble club switch.

The Bron­cos were alerted to the call soon af­ter it was made and are un­der­stood to have chal­lenged Pan­gai about it.

Queens­land coach and Bron­cos great Kevin Wal­ters ques­tioned whether the Ton­gan Test player wanted to stay at the club, and said this is­sue could prove piv­otal to his fu­ture.

“If Te­vita does want to leave the club, well, here’s an op­por­tu­nity for him to get out,” Wal­ters told the Big Sports Break­fast.

“His ac­tions in­di­cate that he prob­a­bly doesn‘t want to be in the sys­tem any­way.

“Te­vita Pan­gai has taken it upon him­self to not lis­ten to those rules and put him­self above the rules, and above the team, and above the club, which is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing from my per­spec­tive, and the game’s per­spec­tive as well. “We‘re all re­ly­ing on these play­ers to do the right thing. When rugby league play­ers and sports peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, don’t do the right thing, it’s just re­ally up­set­ting and dis­ap­point­ing in ev­ery re­spect.’’ For­mer Ma­roons Ori­gin great Johnathan Thurston also un­loaded on Pan­gai on Chan­nel 9, declar­ing his breach “the stu­pid­est of all or, could I say, most self­ish of all.‘’

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Chief Health Of­fi­cer Jeanette Young warned the NRL their sea­son is on no­tice af­ter a se­ries of in­dis­cre­tions which have made a mock­ery of the state gov­ern­ment‘s de­ci­sion to let NRL play­ers fly be­tween Bris­bane and Syd­ney.

“The Deputy Premier (Steven Miles) and Chief Health Of­fi­cer are in con­stant con­tact with the NRL,” Palaszczuk said.

“I will be re­mind­ing the NRL, the fu­ture of the sea­son is in their hands. Ev­ery­one has to do the right thing.”

Dr Young added: “I’m sat­is­fied man­age­ment is deal­ing with this very, very se­ri­ously. I’m not sat­is­fied the play­ers un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness.”

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Te­vita Pan­gai Jr yes­ter­day; and (in­set) play­ing for the Bron­cos against the Warriors.

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