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Luke Lewis has declared Manly’s Dylan Walker “almost definitely deserved” to be punched within the face by means of Melbourne Hurricane’s Curtis Scott, an incident that left the Sea Eagle with a fractured eye socket.
Debate has raged within the NRL after Melbourne Hurricane centre Curtis Scott fractured Walker’s eye socket all over a spiteful conflict at AAMI Park remaining Saturday evening.
The 2 engaged in a working war-of-words all over the sport sooner than Scott snapped by means of punching Walker, within the procedure turning into the primary NRL participant to be despatched off in a event since 2015.
Walker can be at the sidelines for as much as six weeks because of the punch, whilst Scott earned a two-match suspension.
Dylan Walker nurses his eye harm after arriving again in Sydney at the weekend. (AAP: Daniel Munoz)
Lewis believes Walker was once fortunate to keep away from being despatched off along Scott.
“I do not condone it, combating, however in my opinion I feel Dylan Walker almost definitely deserved it,” Lewis mentioned on Fox Sports activities.
“[Walker] form of went out of how you can give Curtis Scott a just right push within the again.
“I consider Dylan Walker began the battle as a result of Curtis Scott walked away after which he got here away and initiated it.
“Our recreation indubitably can not get down the monitor of letting punches cross once more, however in case you ship one (off the bottom), you have to ship two.”
Lewis’s feedback about Walker didn’t cross not noted on social media, with the two-time premiership participant attracting each complaint and fortify.
@AngusBacon2 tweets: “Luke Lewis as soon as once more appearing the common-sense that makes him one of these nice bloke and media persona”
Whilst Walker has arguably won extra adverse comments than Scott following the incident, his Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans sponsored his teammate.
Cherry-Evans mentioned he would now not be telling Walker to tone his sledging down when he returns from harm, likening his unsettling ways to retired premiership participant Michael Ennis.
“No manner, Mick Ennis by no means needed to,” Cherry-Evans mentioned.
“It is part of the sport. He without a doubt wasn’t the one one in the market speaking a little bit of garbage both.
“It is part of rugby league. This time it led to a couple motion.”