Waratahs coach Rob Penney says the membership will not abandon centre Izaia Perese, regardless of the brand new recruit receiving a three-week suspension for a lifting deal with on fellow centre Hunter Paisami in his aspect’s Super Rugby AU loss to the Queensland Reds.
Former Reds and Brisbane Broncos again Perese was handed a lifeline by the Tahs with a one-year deal after being axed by the Broncos final 12 months following fees for medication offences.
But his first match for the Tahs resulted in catastrophe when he was proven a pink card following a harmful deal with late within the first half of the 41-7 loss and his three-week suspension means he will miss a hefty proportion of the Super Rugby AU season.
The mind explosion might have had Perese‘s career on thin ice, with Penney agreeing referee Damon Murphy was left with no choice but to sent the 23-year-old off.
But Penney felt for Perese, who he said was working hard to regain trust and the form that saw him travel to Europe with the Wallabies as a Spring Tour invitee as a teen in 2016.
“It’s devastating for him, little question, he needs to contribute,” Penney mentioned.
“We’re lucky that we’ve got a bit of depth in that position to come in … but it’s just his personal circumstances now, we’ve just got to support him and see him through this.
“He’ll be back.”
Playing in opposition to his previous membership, Perese had needed to make his mark and Penney mentioned he could have been over-aroused.
“We tried to keep the heat off him this week but he’s a very competitive man and he just overplayed his card,” he mentioned of the deal with wherein he continued to drive Paisami into the Suncorp Stadium turf after the Red had misplaced possession of the ball.
“You just feel so heartbroken for Izzy, he’s a talented young kid, he’s just come back to try to re-establish his reputation and that’s a tough start for him.
“But he’ll get a lot of support from us because we love him. It’s a tough start for him but he’ll get a bit of learning out of it.”
Perese prevented a jail sentence after pleading responsible final 12 months to supplying a harmful drug, receiving a supervision order and gaining permission to journey to France the place he was taking part in for Top 14 membership Bayonne.
But the Brisbane Easts product needed to return to Australia and was provided a lifeline by the Waratahs, the place Penney mentioned he had slot in properly.
“I think to a man, everyone would say he’s been a pleasure to have about,” Penney mentioned.