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Matai vs Graham: please explain

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by silvertail, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. silvertail

    silvertail Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Found this old article that says that Matai was not permitted to claim test matches as part of his suspension. Why is Graham allowed to count test matches? He shouldn't be permitted to return until round 11.

    Manly's Matai cops seven-week suspension
    18:15 AEST Tue Sep 7 2010


    In a double blow to the Kiwi enforcer, he will also miss New Zealand's Four Nations campaign, following his late hit on Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis in Manly's shock 30-24 defeat to the Bulldogs at Brookvale on Sunday.

    With New Zealand now unable to select the 26-year-old as part of their squad, he will not be eligible to use the Four Nations as part of his suspension.

    He is now likely to miss the opening five games of next season plus two official trial matches.

    In a further dent to injury-hit Manly's semi-final hopes ahead of Sunday's clash with minor premiers St George Illawarra at Kogarah, co-captain Jason King is also out, after pleading guilty to a high tackle charge.

    King was sanctioned for his tackle on Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan early in the second half on Sunday.

    © AAP 2010
     
  2. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I think he actually needs to apply to have the tests counted.

    It not a fait accompli.
     
  3. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Don't panic! I'm pretty sure he can't be picked for rep duties if he's suspended.
     
  4. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

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    England named Hannibal as part of their squad prior to him being found guilty.
     
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    • silvertail

      silvertail Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      From SMH

      In a marathon judiciary hearing, Graham was adamant he did not bite Slater. But the judiciary panel took less than 10 minutes of deliberating to find the Englishman guilty. Graham will be suspended for two upcoming Test matches, two trial matches next season and eight NRL matches.
       
    • Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      It should have been 12 NRL matches as it happened in the NRL. Counting trials are a joke too as they really mean nothing. They are just practice games to try combinations and different players so half the time most regular players are only on the field for short periods of the game if at all.
       
    • Mals

      Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      What Jethro said
       
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      • WAMF

        WAMF Well-Known Member

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        Hopefully the dogs are 0 wins from 8 when he returns.
         
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        • globaleagle

          globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          What Mals said about Jethro.

          (But with added fullstop.)
           
        • Jono

          Jono Well-Known Member

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          This is why. When Matai was suspended he hadn't been named in the NZ squad yet. England's squad was named after the GF. I still think this is dodgy and agree with Jethro.
           
        • MissKate

          MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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          It is to prevent the dogs having to play additional trial matches to count against the suspension. I am sure they are still trying to work a way around alleviating such a looooong suspension. Had to laugh at the dogs suggestion at the inquiry that he only get suspended for 3 games.
           

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