Tackle Count: The high price of an NRL biosecurity breach

Sanctioned: Paul Vaughan and Wayne Bennett.
Sanctioned: Paul Vaughan and Wayne Bennett.

Wayne Bennett, Paul Vaughan busted

Uh-oh. Had to happen didn't it?

More breaches of biosecurity in the NRL. Shocked? No, me either.

Wayne Bennett could face a stint in quarantine after admitting he ate out at a Sydney restaurant on Wednesday, in a breach of the NRL's biosecurity guidelines.

The NRL will investigate the South Sydney coach's visit, with details emerging on the eve of Friday's grudge match against Brisbane.

If he is forced into quarantine, Jason Demetriou would take over the reins for Friday's clash with Brisbane at ANZ Stadium and Bennett had every confidence in his assistant coach, who is due to succeed him in the main role at South Sydney in 2022.

And just hours later another breach came to light when it was confirmed Dragons' enforcer Paul Vaughan also breached COVID-19 protocols.

n a statement on Thursday afternoon, the clubs said it remains in dialogue with the NRL about Vaughan's availability for tonight's clash in Wollongong.

"St George Illawarra have confirmed Dragons front-rower Paul Vaughan broke the NRL's Covid-19 biosecurity measures on Thursday morning," the club said in a statement.

"The Dragons are disappointed with Vaughan's conduct and are working with the NRL and Project Apollo to determine his availability for the Dragons' Round 13 clash against the Sydney Roosters."

Those two incidents come off the back of earlier breaches by Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr, Penrith rookie Charlie Staines, Newcastle youngster Bradman Best and Penrith's main man Nathan Cleary.

* This edition of Tackle Count was written by Janine Graham.

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