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'I still think it was a bad call': Jennings

Michael Jennings is still feeling the sting of serving a one-week suspension for a careless high tackle on Penrith forward Isaah Yeo.

The 30-year-old spent the win over the Bulldogs last weekend on the sideline after pleading guilty to a grade two charge in the 54th minute of the Eels 20-12 victory.

But he's still smarting about it.

"It's pretty hard ... I've seen worse than that. But it was just a bad outcome in the tackle," Jennings told

"To cop a week for that was pretty disappointing compared with the tackles I saw on the weekend and in round one. I don't get it sometimes.

"I'm not a person who goes looking for people's heads. It was clearly an accident but they didn't see it as that, which I found a bit weird."

Jennings on a judiciary sheet is not a regular sight.

Eels centre Michael Jennings.
Eels centre Michael Jennings. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

Previous to the Panthers game, he had three sin-bins in 67 games as an Eel – and they were for ruck infringements constituting professional fouls.

So Jennings has no intention of reining in his aggression or taming his tackling.

"I didn't like seeing Isaah hurt. But I know my tackling style is not the problem," he said.

"I always hit clean. That was a clear accident – the guy is six foot and he tripped over.

"He's being tackled and he's going down. My intention wasn't to jump in late. I still think it was a bad call."

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Yeo is not playing in round three because he copped an accidental elbow against the Knights - his second head knock in as many games. He has been assessed by independent concussion doctors, as deemed by NRL rules, and has been ordered to rest.

Meantime, Jennings is wily enough to know a 2-0 start does not translate to finals footy by a long shot.

"We're not getting too far ahead of ourselves but there are good signs," he said.

"We spoke about this at the start of the year that we wanted to get early wins. So to see our words become actions is really good."

There were some hard but necessary heart-to-hearts after finishing last in 2018.

"It's the club as a whole – we've all changed. From the CEO, all the staff, down to the players," Jennings said.

"We're all moving forward together, sort of a cultural thing that we're all in this and we can all turn things around. We've changed our thinking, changed our ways."

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