Mam accuses Leniu of ‘monkey’ racial slur as Roosters outmuscle Broncos

The NRL was in a position to ship one of the best of each worlds in its Las Vegas double-header – a match filled with thunderous hits following an end-to-end tryfest. 

Huge hits dominated sport two of the Allegiant Stadium carnival of league with the Roosters outmuscling the Broncos 20-10 to file the second boilover of the evening after Manly outscored Souths 36-24 with 11 touchdowns ultimately zones/tries within the in-goal areas.

The 40,000-plus followers on the US stadium have been almost additionally handled to an old style dust-up when Roosters recruit Spencer Leniu and opposing ahead Jordan Riki locked horns however the gamers made certain they stayed on their greatest behaviour whereas representing their sport on overseas turf.

Leniu was then placed on report when Ezra Mam “made a proper grievance that’s racial in nature”, in accordance with referee Adam Gee, who informed each captains that he didn’t hear the comment however it could be investigated by the match overview committee.

Mam was heard within the match broadcast audio saying “he known as me a monkey” to Gee.

Leniu claimed he was “not frightened in any respect” and mentioned “it’s all simply enjoyable and video games on the sector, that’s it” in a sideline interview with Triple M.

Mam, who’s Indigenous, accused the Samoan worldwide throughout a break in play with 11 minutes remaining and each groups ripped into one another with much more vigour on the subsequent set.

However the Roosters remained centered and have been rewarded for his or her being the higher group by far when Roosters captain James Tedesco sliced previous Mam to ship lock Victor Radley in for the match-winning attempt.

Johnathan Thurston on 9’s protection mentioned the younger five-eighth was in tears after the sport and Brisbane coach Kevin Walters mentioned Mam was fairly upset however they would depart the incident with the NRL to analyze.

“We definitely assist Ezra and our participant, and all the pieces that’s round that. He’s adamant,” he added.

“Not nowadays would you assume it’s nonetheless on the market – it’s a little bit of a shock.”

Broncos captain Adam Reynolds mentioned he was effectively away from the incident when it occurred. “We definitely don’t stand for racism – we’ll assist Ezra and get round him and ensure he’s alright.”

Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell, who has been subjected to racial taunts from followers, took to social media to assist Mam, posting: “I stand with you Bala. NRL higher take care of this shit.”

Roosters coach Trent Robinson mentioned “I can’t have any opinion on it, I don’t know what occurred”.

“(Mam) clearly made the grievance however that doesn’t imply that it’s proper. It would undergo the formal course of because it ought to.”

A lot of the pre-game discuss earlier than this match-up centred on Brisbane fullback Reece Walsh’s potential impression after his breakout season in 2023.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 02: Joseph Manu of the Roosters runs the ballduring the round one NRL match between Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos at Allegiant Stadium, on March 02, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Joseph Manu runs the ball at Allegiant Stadium. (Photograph by Ezra Shaw/Getty Photographs)

However he was overshadowed by Tedesco and one other participant who by no means appears misplaced in a No.1 jersey in Joey Manu, who produced a day-one entry for the attempt help of the season within the second half.

Manu was someway in a position to unfurl an around-the-corner flick cross as he was tackled by Broncos defenders Jesse Arthars and Selwyn Cobbo to search out unmarked wingman Junior Pauga simply metres from the road. 

“That could be a sensible second from one of many classiest centres of the final decade, Joey Manu,” Fox League analyst Michael Ennis gushed on commentary. “An absolute star of our sport and he’s simply proven what he’s able to right here in Las Vegas.”

Manu solely had one coaching session within the States after arriving late following the beginning of his daughter however was all class out extensive.

“Two days later I needed to go away and I actually didn’t wish to go away so it was actually powerful coming over however I’m glad I obtained right here. What an environment – it was so good to convey the sport to Vegas,” he mentioned.

When requested in regards to the flick cross, he added: “I practise that at coaching however the boys simply get me in good positions. I felt like we actually performed our energy sport and it began opening up a bit. That’s what I like, that open footy.”

And whereas Manu’s magical second was the attacking spotlight of the competition, there was loads of defensive clout on show with Radley ironing out Martin Taupau, the Manly veteran getting considered one of his personal in on Luke Keary, Mam flattening fellow playmaker Sam Walker and Radley additionally rocking Walsh and Kobe Hetherington with thunderous tackles.

The Roosters obtained the leap on the Broncos within the fifth minute when centre Joey Manu peeled off a choose six on NFL turf, intercepting a careless Mam cross from 30 metres out

They stored the strain on Brisbane, sustaining their benefit in area place and on the scoreboard when Billy Walters sacrificed a ruck infringement to halt one other Roosters raid, giving up two factors for a simple Walker penalty. 

Brisbane regarded disjointed in assault and after a few dealing with errors stymied their makes an attempt to placed on factors, they opened their account within the thirty fifth minute when a right-side shift led to Walsh standing up Joseph Suaalii and threading a kick by means of for Deine Mariner to set sail for the ball.

Daniel Tupou regarded set to increase the 8-4 half-time lead six minutes after the restart and Tedesco successfully used a captain’s problem to overturn Gee’s choice that the Roosters winger fumbled the ball in Walsh’s last-ditch sort out within the left nook.

The replay confirmed Walsh shoulder-charged the veteran Tongan and Brisbane might rely them fortunate that the incident occurred simply inside the sector of play in any other case it could have been a penalty attempt. 

Though the Roosters coughed up possession on the subsequent set, they stored their foot on the throttle and have been rewarded within the 54th minute when Manu’s magical cross put Pauga over out extensive for a 14-4 benefit.

Walsh narrowed the deficit to 4 halfway by means of the second half when a slick sequence of passes down the left edge led to Arthars sending away so he might unveil some razzle-dazzle with an enormous swandive to bury the ball beneath the posts.

However the Broncos by no means managed to search out prime gear and the flight again from Vegas will really feel further lengthy for final 12 months’s grand finalists.

For the Roosters, who had misplaced eight of their earlier Spherical 1 outings, the win was the proper confidence-booster heading into their Spherical 2 rendezvous with fellow first-up winners Manly at Brookvale in a fortnight.

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