Hurricanes star Brandon Smith has been reported for a hip-drop tackle on Titans skipper Tino Faasumalewi – and Craig Bellamy has pleaded with the match review committee to ignore the “hysteria”.
Smith took out Fa’asuamaleaui’s legs and teammates Tanah Boyd and Sam McIntyre immediately threw their hands up in protest.
Fox League commentators Dan Ginnane and Shane Flanagan made no mention of the addition until the Gold Coast lock limped off.
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Replays show Smith sticking his legs out in ugly fashion and referee Peter Gough putting him on report.
Gough told Melbourne captain Jesse Bromwich: “I understand it’s wet and it’s slippery but (that) throws the legs out which takes the weight off the back foot.
“This could be huge. It’s not a normal three-man fight where the result is going to happen, it’s just a two-man fight,” Guinane said.
“it doesn’t matter. You can’t, we know you can’t put your weight on the back of your leg when the player gets away from you and he’s in a bad spot himself.
It comes after Broncos star Pat Carrigan received a four-game ban for a hip-drop tackle that broke the leg of Tigers gun Jackson Hastings last weekend – an incident that was heavily publicised.
Hurricanes coach Craig Bellamy pleaded with the MRC in his post-match press conference.
“I’m hoping he’ll be judged on the issue rather than some of the stressors he’s had this week,” Bellamy said.
“That’s all we ask.
“But if you go last week, how much was it? If there’s one in as many games since last game.
“Pat Carrigan isn’t going out to break Hastings’ leg, they’re a danger.”
Bellamy said he doesn’t believe hip-drop tackles are a big deal in the modern game.
“I don’t see it as a real big deal in the game, but I understand it can hurt people, but I don’t think there’s a whole heap this year.
“I hope this week will be judged on that rather than on the news.”
Smith’s tackles were hotly debated by former players Mick Ennis and Corey Parker on the Fox League half-time panel.
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“We looked at him full speed straight through, Brandon Smith was making the tackle and he fell off the tackle and the fact that Tino went down that lane pulled Brandon Smith down with him,” Parker said.
“It doesn’t look good when you slow it all down to the nth degree like we do, but it just hangs.
“If you don’t want to end up in that position, Brandon Smith has to let go, otherwise what will he do? It’s a complete disaster.”
I don’t see it as a real hip drop like we saw with Pat Carrigan last week. If he doesn’t finish in this position, he should be left, which is against what we talk about in rugby league.
Ennis agreed with Parker, but said the solution would be a “big threat” to the Hurricanes.
“All the talk this week is two tacklers go over the man and then the third tackler goes in and they don’t show any caution. I don’t like where Tino ended up but I’m not sure what else Brandon Smith can do other than release the tackle,” Ennis said.
“Do we put that down to duty of care? Is that where we’re going to go? Maybe we should do it where we prevent the players from going into that position.
“That was tough, he got into that unfortunate spot with Brandon Smith and I’m not sure what else he could have done.”
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