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Slater on notice for sliding tackles

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DVS Matt, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    THE NRL has branded two feet-first tackles by Melbourne fullback Billy Slater in the Grand Final as dangerous and warned he risks suspension if he continues. NRL referees director Robert Finch warned Slater he needed to be "careful".

    "If he should kick the ball out of a player's hands or make contact with a player's head the repercussions could be grave," Finch said.

    "It could be a penalty try, an eight-point try, someone could be hurt or a player could be sent off."

    Slater incensed many spectators in last Sunday's Grand Final by sliding feet-first at two Manly players trying to ground the ball for tries.

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    The two tackles occurred within 10 minutes of each other with Slater sliding towards Manly hooker Matt Ballin in the 23rd minute and then towards left winger Michael Robertson in the 33rd. Yesterday the match review committee pinpointed Slater's tackles - calling the first one "dangerous" and the second "very dangerous".

    In both incidents the judiciary said referee Tony Archer could have cautioned Slater.

    Finch said kicking the ball from a player's hands was illegal. "They can strip the ball but they can't kick it."
  2. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Finch calls it 'dangerous', and 'very dangerous' but fails to act?  Weak toad. 
  3. Normie

    Normie Well-Known Member

    +486 /4
    Another example of Melbourne's tactics! Good to see that they have identified it now as I was watching the Grand Final and thought how could it be legal sliding feet 1st into a blokes arm or head? Then I remembered, it was the Melbourne Storm......
  4. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120

    I watched the Robbo one a few times

    He does actually kick the ball out of Robbo's hands after he puts it down, he is still in the air when the studs of his boots land on Robbo's arm just above the wrist and slide all the way up to his bicep and chest.

    Extremely dangerous, the one on Robbo was malicious it actually looked like he was going for Robbo
  5. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +301 /0
    it looks like that Dan because he was
  6. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Checking back to the Warriors and Storm game, when Witt scored the winning try that other grub, Cam Smith, tried the same thing, trying to kick the ball out of his hands but MW got it down just in time.
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    It seems to me that the NRL are looking the other way when it comes to scrutinizing Storm players.  Did they feel that the two weeks on C Smith penalized them enough?  and they shouldn't look to closely at others, i.e the other Smith, Slater or is it just their usual weak attitude.  Finch is a real pussy.  Gutless toad, and his non-actions will come back to bite him. 
  8. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    I think that's why those video ref calls were flat out TRYs, no benefit of the doubts or anything.  I read a post somewhere that Harrigan said it would've been a penalty try if Slater got the ball out and an 8 pointer if someone got hurt (Robbo's try)
  9. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    the first Robbo one was benefit of the doubt. Apparently on the Fox Sports replay, the commentor says that Harrigan spoke to the ref and it was BOTD. but who knwos with all the shotty commentating around
  10. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    I have watched Robbo's first try many times and no way was he out. It was close but Robbo had one foot on the tackler's leg and the other close to but not on the line. Would have been a travesty had it been denied.

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