Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Shoulder the Blame; Call for NRL to Take Responsibility and Action against Lifting and Dodgy Tackles

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Shoulder the Blame; Call for NRL to Take Responsibility and Action against Lifting and Dodgy Tackles

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Byline: Wayne Heming APN SPORTS BUREAU

RUGBY LEAGUE: The NRL must consider immediately applying the same automatic sin bin rule to players who lift in tackles or shoulder-charge opponents, just as it does to players who throw a punch during games.

The NRL's "no punch rule" which carries an automatic trip to the sin bin, is the only rule which is working effectively.

Why?

Because players know the immediate consequence would be to leave their team a man down, potentially costing it the game.

A punch hasn't been thrown since the rule was introduced last year.

Yet we see a constant flow of players fronting the NRL judiciary after every round, hit with dangerous throw and shoulder charge offences because the administrators are not tough enough on offenders who are just not getting the message.

Sending a warning letter to Sydney Roosters forward Kane Evans for a shoulder charge at the weekend on 122kg Bulldogs forward Sam Kasiano, similar to the one which claimed the life of young Sunshine Coast father James Ackerman a month ago, falls well short of a so-called "crackdown".

What's even more alarming than the NRL's failure to deliver a clear message, is the number of ex-players and current players suddenly calling for the potentially fatal tackle to be allowed back in the game.

Are they kidding?

After last year's lifting tackle which left young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon in a wheelchair, the NRL promised a crackdown. …

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