Graham Annesley says he would have sent off Jordan Perreira for his brutal shot on James Tedesco during the ANZAC Day clash.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley says he would have sent off St George Illawarra’s Jordan Perreira for his brutal shot on Roosters superstar James Tedesco during the ANZAC Day clash.

The Chooks fullback was left in a heap on the SCG turf when Perreira collected him with a high swinging arm late in the first half that caught Tedesco as he was falling.

The Dragon was sent to the sin bin in his side’s eventual 34-10 loss, and was eventually slapped with a grade three high tackle charge by the MRC.

Tedesco failed his ensuing head injury assessment and didn’t return for the second half, ending his part in the historic clash.

Perreira has since opted to take an early guilty plea which will see him miss three weeks instead of a potential five-week ban should he had pleaded his case and failed at the NRL Judiciary.

But speaking to Wide World of Sports Radio on Tuesday night, Annesley said he would have been more than happy had officials on the day chosen to send Perreira straight from the field.

“One of the things that happens with these types of incidents is that there’s a wide variety of opinions,” Annesley said.

“But I’m not going to sit on the fence, I would have personally been happy for that tackle to be sent off.

“I think with the amount of force that was in that tackle, the fact that he had fallen, but marginally, and the level of contact, the force of that contact – we don’t see those tackled very often. And I think in that circumstance I would have more than happy had the officials decided to dismiss him from the field.

“That’s just my opinion and people are open to disagree with it.”

Tedesco was named today at No.1 in Trent Robinson’s squad to face the Knights on Saturday.

He’ll need to pass an independent concussion assessment later this week in order to play.

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