Titan sent off for frightening spear tackle

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centre Brian Kelly was sent off for lifting winger Dominic Young into a frightening position during .

But Paul Vautin slammed the referee's decision, arguing a send-off was not warranted.

Kelly went low to tackle Young in the 51st minute and got it horribly wrong.





The Englishman wasn't harmed but referee Ben Cummins, after consulting with the Bunker, sent Kelly for an early shower as his team continued on to grab a 36-26 win on the Gold Coast.

"I'm without speech. I'm speechless," Vautin said on Nine's coverage.

"It was an ordinary tackle, but it doesn't deserve a send-off."

Cameron Smith also claimed a send-off was too harsh a punishment.

"I was thinking 10 minutes in the bin for Brian Kelly, but he will take no further part in today's action," Smith said.

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Kelly became the player sent off in the NRL since .

Last year's Dally M Medal winner was slapped with a five-game ban, ruling him out until week one of the finals series.

The Titans are awaiting the match review committee's call on Kelly's tackle, but the 26-year-old's season is undoubtedly over.

The Titans will meet the Warriors at Auckland's Mt Start Stadium next Saturday afternoon in their last game of the season.

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