Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has hit back at firebrand forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona, questioning why roster star Lindsey Collins underwent a nasty hip drop test following the Round 24 clash.
Asofa-Solomona was penalized for striking Joseph Sualei in the arm, a series of charges this season that resulted in a total of nearly $12,000 in fines.
Collins received a four-game suspension for a dropped hip tackle that sidelined Tom Eisenhut for the rest of the season.
However, it was Assofa-Solomona who came in for the most vocal criticism for her performance, with The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield accusing her of being “cheap shots”.
But Bellamy insists that if there was any malice in the 26-year-old’s actions, the competition would have already banned him.
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“At the end of the day, he’s been indicted at times but he hasn’t been banned much, so at the end of the day it’s the committee that makes the indictment,” Bellamy said.
“I guess they didn’t see it as serious, I think they would have given him weeks, so again I think he certainly had some charges, but if they thought it was serious they would have suspended him.
The storm boss turned his attention to Rooster and Collins.
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“He’s not suspended, he’s fined,” Bellamy said.
“A lot of other guys have been fined and last week there was one guy who was out for four weeks, we’re not talking about him, we’re talking about Nelson.
“At the end of the day, we want Nelson to play his footy and we’re going to continue with that.”
The Storm travel to CommBank Stadium on Thursday night to take on the Parramatta Eels in a battle for a place in the top four heading into the finals.
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