What was the story of John Devereux and Mal Meninga?
In this first clip from 1993 at Brookie game Mal made a mess of Devereux. None of the on field officials reacted at the time. Mal got cited and suspended for 2 games.
In the second clip (has no sound) Mal again leaves Devereux on the deck. The ref stops the game and seems to send Devereux and another Wales player to the blood bin. I'm not sure if anything came of this one.
CLASHING WITH THE LEGENDARY MAL MENINGA
The well-liked former Wales and Lions centre has quite a story to tell after starring at a union World Cup and playing in league's global final
“I came up against some fantastic players but when it came to toughest opponents it would be Mal Meninga, the 19st Australia rugby league centre and captain.
“I vividly remember playing for Wales against them on the 30th of October, 1994 at Cardiff City’s Ninian Park ground.
“It was eight minutes past three, first game of their tour and it was pouring with rain when he shattered my jaw into four pieces.
“The bone went straight through my tongue. It was a compound fracture and there was blood everywhere.
“I had tried to smash Mal but got my head in the wrong spot and my timing wrong. It was the most awful and painful injury I’ve had.
“I thought he had done me with an elbow because it was such a pinpoint and forceful hit but, when I looked at the video, I had caught the best dipped shoulder in the game.
“Maybe there was little bit of extra grunt in his charge because of what had happened when I was playing for Manley against Canberra in Australia the previous year.
“He lifted me off the floor with a forearm in a tackle. Mal was cited and got a two-match ban.
"He missed a big match with New Zealand because of it. I don’t know if he held that against me but I came off second best at Ninian Park.”