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Seibold won’t ask Pangai to curb style

By AAP Newswire

Tevita Pangai's latest suspension may well end his NRL season, but coach Anthony Seibold won't ask the Brisbane enforcer to change his game.

The Broncos' finals hopes took a major hit ahead of Friday night's clash with South Sydney when forward Pangai copped a five-match ban for a crusher tackle.

Carry over points from three previous offences ensured Pangai won't play again this year unless Brisbane make the preliminary final after failing to have a grade-two dangerous contact charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary.

It's not an ideal record but Seibold reckoned he wouldn't be speaking with Pangai about curbing his aggression.

"I haven't spoken to him about that this week. At some stage T (Pangai) and I will sit down and but I don't think there has been foul play in the last two incidents he has been suspended for," Seibold said.

"I think rugby league is a really tough game and as the judiciary suggested on Tuesday night they thought (the incident) warranted some time off and we will abide by that and move onto our next job."

NRL players have this week slammed Pangai's heavy ban for his hit on Penrith's James Maloney with Brisbane teammate Joe Ofahengaue describing it as "unfair" and St George Illawarra hardman James Graham dismissing it as "over the top".

But Seibold refused to bite over the ban, simply admitting Pangai would be missed as Brisbane launched a finals tilt.

The Broncos sit in seventh spot with three regular season rounds left.

"We'd rather have Tevita in our 17 every week but we knew he wasn't going to be there regardless of the outcome of the judiciary," he said.

"We disagreed with the grading and that is why we challenged it.

"We sought legal advice down in Sydney and they thought the grading was too high and that is why we fought it.

"But we are comfortable with the process. We went to the judiciary and didn't get the result we were hoping for but there are no complaints from us."

At least Seibold did receive some good news this week.

Seibold welcomes back veterans Matt Gillett (back) and Alex Glenn (knee) while winger Corey Oates has also been cleared to take on South Sydney after battling a hamstring complaint this week.

Gillett plays his first game in almost two months while Glenn has missed the last two matches.

"A little bit of experience certainly helps us with having such a young group," Seibold said of Gillett and Glenn's return.