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Wests Tigers have slammed the lifting, driving gang tackle which broke Daniel Fitzhenry's collarbone, demanding such tackles be stamped out of the NRL to prevent more serious injury.
Fitzhenry sustained his injury while making a kick return in his side's 34-12 loss to New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night, when he was picked up and driven back 10 metres into his in-goal by four defenders.
The Tigers winger will be sidelined until round 19, but coach Tim Sheens warned there was risk of more serious injury unless the practice was stopped. Referees boss Robert Finch confirmed the referee should have called held as soon as Fitzhenry's feet were off the ground.