On checking, I found that Garrick's goal kicking has been the difference between winning & losing in six games over the last two seasons where both sides scored the same amount of tries.He always chokes on hard conversions, he has cost us games in last couple seasons with his poor kicking.
Facebook post says he has fractured his back. Hope that is incorrect
We don't even need the bloody rules to change though!! This is what is annoying me with this discussion. I get why the bouncing ball rule is in place - it needs to stay, otherwise the defenders will basically be helpless. HOWEVER!! There is another rule - the dangerous contact rule!!!! That is the rule that should have been invoked and a penalty given for that. And as you say, the proof is now in the eating of the pudding - he has a fractured back - ipso facto - it was a dangerous tackle!!! END OF STORY!! ARRRRGGGHH!! It's so infuriating.A fractured transverse process is potentially serious. The spinal nerves exit from a hole just underneath each transverse process.
A complete shearing off of the transverse process (which apparently - and thankfully - has not happened in this case) could damage the associated spinal nerve - which serves to transmit sensation and movement to a portion of the lower body below the affected nerve. Worse case scenario - could be career-ending.
The rule book be dammed - it's obvious that the rule book has not yet caught up to what we could all see with our own eyes. Even CNK hung his head like a kid caught stealing from the corner shop.
It ranks up there with Michael Crocker smashing Brett Stewart in the head with his elbow in the 2008 GF. One player deliberately targets another while the latter is defenseless, and causes grievous bodily harm.
Let's see what all the nay-saying NRL commentators say now, with the extent of Reuben's injury now known.