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me thinks the courier mail is wrong, and the NRL have a balls up on their hands. Ill back Bennetts, Lockyers, Fitters and Gus opinion anyday. As Hitch mentioned, the Roosters scored not long afterwards, does not right a wrong but there has got to be some karma in there somewhere!
I will take my Cowboy glasses off and agree that Graham deserved to be punished more than Hunt. Although I don't think he 'c0cked' his elbow, it was away from his body which is the main difference between the two shoulder charges in question.
In regard to Brett White, my question to you is which one is worse and by how much??? Being in a fight and being hit while being held by two people or being hit from behind???
Good to see Wenty are doing something we managed to secure several years ago. I suppose, Wenty (and the western suburbs of Sydney) have always been a bit slow to pick up on things!!!
1. Ben Ross Elbow 2. Ashley Graham Elbow 3. Brett White King Hit 4. Hunt Tackle
Ben Ross' act of deliberately aiming the elbow after a kick indeed heads the list of the lowest act, he does appear to apologise immediately but the intent was certainly there.
Similarly, Graham uses his elbow with intent, I agree that Hodgson slips but the difference between his and Hunt's is the deliberate c0cking and use of the elbow.
Brett White I think would have hit Ross whether his teammates had hold of him or not and I agree hitting a defenceless target is low, but it was in retaliation and in the heat of the moment i'm not sure that he was fully aware that Ross was being detained (happy to be proven wrong).
I'm not a huge fan of a) Roosters b) Fittler or c) Anasta but I dips me lid to them with their reaction to the Hunt tackle, absolutely nothing worng with it, he neither raises his arm, elbow or drops his shoulder he was simply making a front on tackle that Anasta slips into and turns into an ugly tackle. Penalty yes, report yes, suspension NO WAY.
BTW It must be good having Thruston back early to secure those points :0
How good are Wenty going? Got a talented halfback at present when's this year match up?
Message: Hitch said "The key is Hodges' eyes. Hodges initially makes a bad read, but has changed his read when the decoy makes contact with him, not allowing Hodges to make his second effort at the ball carrier."
What a load of rubbish!!! Hodges made the wrong decision when presented with 2 players running toward him. Watch a replay, the decoy runner did NOT make contact with Hodges, Hodges came in to initiate the contact on the decoy runner. The decoy runner did his job by attracting the defender, opening space for the ball runner. The defender made the wrong choice but is awarded for making a mistake.
It is an absolute joke and the NRL must rectify it immediately!!!
On the Hunt and Graham shoulder charges, fair play. Both players went in with the intent of making contact with their shoulder. The attacking player in both cases were on their way down causing contact with the elbow. It's just unlucky for the attackers in this case.
I am surprised there hasn't been anything more said about the Ben Ross/Brett White incident. IMO both incidents were far worse than the shoulder charges that went wrong. Ross raised his elbow to collect the kicker, this is very dangerous and I'm sure he will be suspended for an extended period of time. But I thought Brett White should spend equally as long, if not more time on the sidelines. It is a very low act to clock someone twice while there is a teammate holding the opposition player's arms. Ross could not defend himself due to the fact that there were two Melbourne players holding him, and White took this opportunity to lay him out!!! Very, very weak act and actions of a coward!!!
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