Sunday 20 August 2017 / 06:31 AM

Tahu tackle leaves De Belin sick and sorry

Timana Tahu was the forgotten man at Newcastle for most of 2014, with the veteran sidelined by injury until making his first NRL appearance of the season in Round 25.

St George Illawarra’s wholehearted backrower Jack De Belin may be wishing Tahu had shelved his comeback until next season, copping a powerful hit from the dual international that caused him to vomit during the Dragons’ final-round loss to the Knights.

Regarded as a spent force by most, the 33-year-old showed he may still have something to offer in a strong two-game comeback, finishing a frustrating season on a high. Tahu bagged two tries against the Saints, and has declared himself open to offers from any NRL club as he attempts to extend his professional career into a 17th season.

Tahu and 35-year-old Lote Tuqiri are the only remaining players in the NRL who played first grade football during the 1990s, with both players debuting during the 1999 season. 

 

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