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Wayne Bennett was agency final week in his stance towards Penrith’s “unlawful use of blockers” however might have as an alternative uncovered a competition-wide downside – even at his personal membership.
Bennett slammed the Panthers for an “unlawful” blocking tactic he claimed they practised at coaching in a bid to guard halfback Nathan Cleary from kick strain.
It got here after Penrith was reported to have raised considerations a few South Sydney ambush on the 23-year-old forward of their Saturday evening finals conflict.
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From there a disagreement was sparked between the rival coaches and most have been in agreeance as to who got here out on high.
Imaginative and prescient from the weekend although has uncovered the “unlawful” blocking tactic as one that’s extra of a widespread downside than Bennett might admit.
With the highlight closely targeted on these blocking performs, viewers have been extra vigilant than earlier than to their presence.
One such incident occurred on Sunday afternoon in Parramatta’s 28-20 win over Newcastle.
On this occasion Sauaso Sue instantly modified his line to knock Eels halfback Mitchell Moses over, leaving Jake Clifford uncontested as he put the ball within the air.
“There’s a collision there on a weekend dominated by blocking performs on normal play kicks,” Fox League’s Warren Smith stated.
“That may bear .”
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Greg Alexander, in the meantime, added: “That was Sauaso Sue who simply made a beeline for the ruck and Mitchell Moses was making an attempt to place strain on the kicker Mitchell Pearce and he was simply taken out of play.”
Smith additionally took to Twitter to level out an identical incident on Saturday evening the place South Sydney’s personal Jai Arrow appeared to stop Mitch Kenny from placing strain on halfback Adam Reynolds.
Blocking of kickers was not the one difficulty to come back underneath the microscope this week.
The Roosters have been additionally scrutinised for utilizing a controversial wall within the lead-up to Sam Walker’s game-winning discipline objective towards the Titans.
The NRL defended the choice to not penalise the Roosters for the infringement however signalled a change to the definition of the regulation might come on the finish of the season.
“Whether or not the rule needs to be addressed or not is a special query, and I’m joyful that we talk about that on the finish of the season, however we will’t change interpretations of issues which have been taking place proper via the season simply because we get to the finals collection,” NRL head of soccer Graham Annesley stated on Monday.
“I’m very joyful to evaluation whether or not this kind of positioning of gamers in a majority of these conditions needs to be reviewed for subsequent season and past.”
Annesley was additionally requested concerning the back-and-forth between Cleary and Bennett however had no qualms.
“The purpose that this specific debate has been about has been makes an attempt to affect the ideas or views of match officers. My view is that quite a lot of that is background noise,” he stated.
“This has been taking place for so long as I’ve been concerned within the recreation. Coaches make public statements, for no matter motivation.
“Referees … are inclined to make choices primarily based on what gamers do, not what different individuals say. They’re adjudicators. They’ve to attend for issues to occur and so they must decide primarily based on what they see.
“Lots of it’s noise, white noise.”