Former Cronulla stalwart Ben Pomeroy was among the NRL’s most maligned players thanks to his ordinary ball-handling during a decade-long tenure in the premiership, but the rangy centre is currently in the Super League headlines for all the wrong reasons after producing two of the season’s most sickening tackles in consecutive appearances.
Pomeroy began his career at Penrith in 2004, before scoring 53 tries in 158 games for the Sharks from 2006-13. He linked with France-based Catalans last year, but the 31-year-old’s 2015 campaign has been blotted by a pair of send-offs.
While the shoulder-charge debate raged Down Under, Pomeroy left the referee with little option but to grant him an early shower for this shocker on St Helens opponent Josh Jones.
Three-time City Origin rep Pomeroy, who missed Cronulla’s 2012 finals campaign when he was outed for two matches for a shoulder-charge on Johnathan Thurston, copped a rather lenient one-game ban for the ugly shot on Jones.
But it paled in comparison to the harrowing suplex-style tackle Pomeroy unleashed on Castleford’s Ashley Gibson in his return match. Gibson left the field in a neck brace, while Pomeroy received his marching orders for the second game in a row, casting doubt on the Cambridge Park junior’s future in the competition.