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April 9, 2012
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The NRL Judiciary – inconsistent Idiots  …
News today that Ben Teo is to face the judiciary and risk a four match suspension, or accept a three week ban for his shoulder hit on the Tigers prop Matt Groat.  It was a great ‘hit’ and from replays the shoulder made contact with Groat’s upper body and the force of the jolt snapped his head forward into contact with Toe’s shoulder.  I defy anyone to state otherwise.

It was also noticeable that Groat’s body was lowering and bracing for the hit as all forwards do … it was just a great ‘hit’ and if the NRL are serious about making players safe, they need to outlaw the shoulder charge as they have done in Union.

ABC story posted below – [can be read on-line here.]

Te’o to miss up to three weeks

| Posted April 09, 2012 15:33:50 |

Brisbane forward Ben Te’o is facing a minimum three-week ban after copping a grade three dangerous contact charge for his shoulder charge which knocked out Wests Tigers prop Matt Groat.

The hefty charge from the match video review panel on Monday means he will miss three matches if he takes an early guilty plea and four if he contests the charge and loses.

Groat was knocked unconscious by the hit in last Friday night’s loss to the Broncos at the Sydney Football Stadium and has already been ruled out of the Tigers’ clash with Penrith this weekend.

Te’o had widely been expected receive a lower grade one charge, following the precedents set earlier this season by Frank Pritchard and Manu Vatuvei when charged for making shoulder contact with the head of an opposition player.

However Te’o’s contact was deemed to be far worse and despite having no prior offences to his name the back-rower is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines.

The NRL has said it is comfortable with its rules regarding the shoulder charge despite a growing push for the style of tackle, which is illegal in rugby union, to be banned as dangerous.

South Sydney forward Roy Asotasi was the only other player charged from the weekend’s action, attracting a grade one charge for a careless high tackle on Canterbury’s Aiden Tolman on Friday.

Asotasi will be sidelined for much of the season with a pectoral injury, however he will escape suspension regardless of his plea.

As Administrators, the NRL need some changes. Their TV deal with Foxtel favours subscribers with replays of all weekend matches throughout the week. For free to air viewers they don’t have that privilage. It’s a type of ‘class’ distinction – even Channel 9 think poorly of NRL fans choosing to broadcast popular teams as opposed to teams higher on the ladder and with less viewer appeal.

Please Channel 9 – tell us why you chose to broadcast the Eels v Knights game when the other Sunday game was – Raiders v Warriors, or Storm v Cowboys.

The Raiders sat higher on the table than Newcastle on for and against – and the Warriors were also higher than the Eels. The Knights v Eels game was a pathetic spectacle to watch – many tuned off at half-time and the 2nd half was no better.

Even the Storm v Cowboys would have been a better viewing match. I know these broadcast are done weeks in advance, and need to fit in with preferred Team game time requests, and the alternate selection between Channel 9 and Foxtel for games they want to broadcast. But who gives a rats-ass for the fans and the teams they follow.

Now to the Judiciary – the consistency is sorely lacking – as was pointed out in the ABC story gives rise to question why Teo is facing three times the match suspension than the other two players charged with the same offence earlier this season.

It’s a hard and tough game – the shoulder charge is dangerous for both players – look what happened to the Tigers Dwyer last season when he crushed a shoulder nerve and is suspect if he will ever play again, then there was the Sharks prop forward who became brain damaged because of a hit – and there have been several others and in lower grades as well.

Fas love the hit – and players love to hit – but it can go horribly wrong. I recall a hit by the Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt on Braith Anasta a few seasons ago and it was not even put on report – Anasta has some nose work done to fix it and was streaming blood everywhere as he lumbered off the field. None can argue that there was no contact with the head in that instance.

Then there was the hit on the Roosters Hargreaves late in the game that forced a turnover in the semi’s last season that left him concussed – no action was taken than also.

No – there a bunch of ex-players with agenda’s, and they are playing with players livelihoods. Suspensions means a weakened team and that pressures coaches and fans in their expectations. They have to get it right and what they have at the moment is far from a fair system in the way they grade the charges.


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  1. April 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    As updated overnight the Broncos are going to fight this charge – see story here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-10/wallace-expected-to-be-fit-for-raiders-clash/3941292

    This will put the wind up the NRL officialdom and hopefully the players will get clear indication on shoulder charges for the future.

  2. April 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Another update – Teo received a reduced suspension after his Barrister argued a case for consistency – read story here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-11/te27o-to-miss-two-matches/3944580

    This matter is far from resolved …

    An add on to this story was the NRL suspecding Cowboys half back for the rest of the season for spousal abuse.

    This is a whole diffferent can of worms. Players private lives are now dictating their livelihoods – you tell me what othe rprofession has that sort of accountability …

    The NRL has overstepped its mark in the name of PR and teh image of the code … the players have responsibilities – there is no doubt about that – role models and lifestyles lives in coocoon’s and wrapped in protectionism ….

    Rubbing a player out for a season because of an off-field matter opens up the NRL to legal precedent. What would happen to the NRL’s Gallop if he abused his spouse – who would hold him accountable …

    The Players Union need to step up here on behalf of the Cowboys player …


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