Cameron Smith under fire for brutal 'groin buster' tackle

The Titans have reportedly been left furious after a controversial Cameron Smith tackle left Kevin Proctor with a torn groin.

A sloppy Melbourne did enough to secure the points against an injury-riddled Gold Coast on Saturday night in a bruising opener to Brisbane’s NRL double header.

At one stage, the Titans bench was empty after Jarrod Wallace (head knock), Will Matthews (head knock), Proctor (groin) and Keegan Hipgrave (wrist) were all in the casualty ward.

Wallace and Hipgrave returned but another head clash put Jack Stockwell out of action, while Melbourne half Ryley Jacks was also ruled out of the clash with concussion.

Proctor’s injury came in a tackle from former teammate Smith, with the Storm captain going unpunished despite his questionable effort on the New Zealander.

Smith appeared to intentionally pull Proctor’s leg at an awkward angle, placing stress on his groin.

Fox Sports reporter Andy Raymond said the Titans were ‘furious’ with Smith.

Was this intentional? Image: Fox Sports

“Kevin Proctor, sitting down here almost in tears,” Raymond said. “The eyes are misty, in a great deal of pain and filthy, along with the Gold Coast Titans, about the tackle that has ended his night.

“The Titans (are) furious.”

Fans flocked to social media to slam Smith and demand the match review committee take a look at the tackle.

However Smith did go some way to redeeming himself with a brilliant piece of sportsmanship after Stockwell was left heavily concussed.

Smith immediately ran over to check on Stockwell after the Titans prop hit the ground, before helping him to his feet before he was helped from the field.

Melbourne finished 28-14 winners on Saturday evening at Suncorp Stadium, with three second-half tries saving embarrassment.

Christian Welch’s sin-binning for a professional foul that stopped a probable Titans try gave the Titans a late sniff.

But with the Gold Coast probing, Josh Addo-Carr scooped up a loose pass and raced away to seal the contest with his 12th try this season.

with AAP