Rugby league legend Cooper Cronk has called for Reece Walsh to not involve himself so heavily in scuffles, warning the Warriors young gun that it can leave his side short as his teammates continue to play.
The 19-year-old is just nine games into his NRL career but has already found himself in several spot-fires with the opposition, his latest being a clash with fill-in Panthers halfback Tyrone May in Brisbane today.
May tackled Walsh late as he kicked the footy in the first half and, as the Panther continued to grapple with him, the Warriors speedster began to fight back.
The melee spilled into several Wests Tigers players waiting for their game to begin beyond the sideline.
While Walsh does play with plenty of heart, he’s also regularly involved in feisty encounters because he’s a clear target of the opposition due to his supreme talent. Opposition teams try to ruffle him to put him off his game.
Cronk gave the Queenslander some advice.
“I think that is something Reece Walsh is going to have to handle,” Cronk said on Fox League.
“He would be put at the top of the list in terms of shutting down the Warriors, so (Penrith coach) Ivan Cleary has probably put a target on Walsh and Tyrone May is following suit.
“So Walsh, while he needs to stand on his own two feet, needs to handle that physical altercation that is coming his way.”
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