Sims dragons pass after long ban, salmon fine, Fisher-Harris and Cotric banned

Penrith five-eighth Jaeman Salmon has been charged with contrary conduct for the kicking incident with Raiders hooker Tom Starling that prompted Ricky Stuart’s ‘gutting weak dog’ comments but avoided a ban .

The Game Review Committee cited the offense as a Grade 1, with a $1,000 fine available if the Panthers accept the early guilty plea.

Salmon’s teammate James Fisher-Harris was less fortunate; his high shot, which saw Canberra lock down Ryan Sutton taken off the field with a HIA, was given a grade 3 rating, earning him a 2-3 week ban depending on the plea.

In the same match, Raiders winger Nick Cotric was also banned for a high tackle, although the MRP saw him as a Grade 2 and therefore a one-match ban with the early guilty plea.

Late in the game, Tariq Sims was lucky not to be sent off for a high shot on Sharks winger Connor Tracey. He was banned for the incident and handed a 4-5 week ban meaning his Dragons career is over unless he can successfully challenge the charge in court.

Rower Origin are set to join Melbourne next season, and after St George Illawarra’s loss to Cronulla they are highly unlikely to make finals. With just four games left, it’s the end of The Sims in the Red V if he gets banned.

Brandy takes on Cameron Smith over ‘unfair claims’

Panthers vice-chairman Greg Alexander has hit back at SEN radio colleague Cameron Smith over the Penrith legend’s claim that most illegal tackling tactics over the past two decades have come from from Melbourne.

Smith has denied “unfair statements” made by Alexander in the wake of recent increases in hip tackles, such as the incident with Broncos forward Patrick Carrigan last weekend that left Tigers opponent Jackson Hastings with a broken leg.

Alexander said he couldn’t see how the Storm premiership winner was taken aback by his comments.

“He’s a colleague and I enjoy chatting Monday mornings with Cameron and Matty Johns, but I didn’t think it was a revelation when I made those comments on the hip-drop emanating from Melbourne Storm,” a- he declared. on SENRadio.

“I just thought it was a general consensus that over the past 20 years all the tackling, wrestling techniques have come from Melbourne.

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“I can generalize or even jump to a conclusion, but I don’t think I am.”

Alexander pointed to the fact that two of the top three hip tackle offenses charged in 2020 were by Storm players.

“I think history shows, and it’s no stretch for me to jump to a conclusion from Melbourne Storm that for 20 years – the grappling hook, the chicken wing, the rolling pins, the crusher, the falling from the hip – I think they were all from Melbourne.

“Melbourne led the way, they changed the game in 2002 and 2003 where wrestling became part of the game.

“All these variations of slowing the ball game, I think they were all coming from Melbourne, they were ahead of the game.

Suaalii undecided on Australia or Samoa

Joseph Suaalii has revealed he did not make his Rugby World Cup call-up at the end of the year, preferring to wait and see which teams select him.

He confirmed that neither Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga nor Toa Samoa boss Matt Parish had been in touch regarding the selections, and was just happy to wait and see.

“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it too much, but I want to be there to play in the World Cup,” the towering winger said after the Roosters’ loss to Brisbane last night.

“I’m trying to be part of this Australian team and if I’m lucky I’ll be part of this Samoan team as well. If I’m chosen for one of them it would be an honour. If I play in the World Cup, I will be happy.

Sharks smoke on the hip-drop being eliminated

Cronulla has demanded an explanation from the NRL as to why South Sydney striker Tevita Tatola was not sanctioned for the hip tackle which left Will Kennedy with a serious ankle injury.

Kennedy had to undergo surgery to repair the syndesmosis injury he suffered in the Sharks’ Golden Point victory last Saturday night and is expected to miss at least a month of football, but Tatola has not been penalized on the pitch nor charged after the game.

Sharks chief football officer Darren Mooney contacted the NRL in the days following the match to seek clarification on the match review committee’s decision to disregard the tackle.

“It’s getting hard to understand,” Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon said Friday.

“I didn’t understand the explanation but that’s how it is. We move on.

“You really don’t want to get stuck and dwell on what you can’t control. All I can control is which team will play this weekend.

“But we are losing a good player and an important part of our team for a long time and there are no costs.”

On Tuesday night, the NRL court handed Brisbane striker Patrick Carrigan a four-game ban for the hip tackle that left the Wests Tigers locking down Jackson Hastings with a season-ending broken fibula.

Tyrell Fuimaono, Thomas Flegler, Nathan Cleary and Billy Tsikrikas are among the other players to have been penalized for similar tackles this season, although not all of them were hip-drops in the textbook sense.

Fitzgibbon said he felt hip tackles were becoming more common, but doubted they had been trained.

“Nobody really intends to do that. They’re unhappy and they’re happening more than normal,” he said.

“There has been an influx of these, but they will gradually dissipate.

“More players are aware of it, so they will avoid it. I don’t think they will be a problem that will stay with us.

In Kennedy’s absence, debutant Kade Dykes will line up at the back against St George Illawarra at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday night and follow his grandfather and father to become the Sharks’ first third-generation player.

Dragons young gun could leave

Junior Amone is set to extend his contract with the Dragons, but compatriot Jayden Sullivan could be away.

Amone agreed to a contract extension until the end of 2024 after the five-eighth was one of the few shining lights for 11th-placed St George Illawarra this season.

However, his junior Steelers teammate could request a release despite being under contract until the end of 2025.

Half-veteran Ben Hunt is looking to stay at Wollongong for a few more seasons beyond the end of his multi-million dollar contract next year.

If the skipper stays long-term, it limits Sullivan’s chances of playing regularly in the NRL and the Bulldogs, Dolphins and Knights are on the hunt for a halfback so there’s no shortage of CEOs interested in his services. .

The Dolphins and Titans have also been linked with Hunt’s desire, but the Queensland veteran has said he wants to stay with the Dragons.

There is also plenty of speculation surrounding manager Anthony Griffin’s future and whether he will see out the remainder of his contract until the end of next season ahead of Saturday night’s crucial derby clash with Cronulla.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Talatau Amone of Dragons is tackled by Jack Wighton of Raiders during the NRL Round of 16 match between St George Illawarra Dragons and Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on July 03, 2022 in Wollongong, Australia .  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Junior Amon. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Gus shoots down Reynolds comeback

Phil Gould has dismissed speculation that former fan favorite Josh Reynolds could return to the Bulldogs to finish his career.

The Canterbury chief executive took to Twitter on Thursday night to say he was puzzled by a report suggesting the former NSW five-eighth could be gearing up for the 2023 season.

“I hate having to respond to rumours. But for memory. Josh Reynolds messaged me from the UK two months ago saying he was moving back to Australia and would like to participate in junior league and/or community programs. I told him to come see me when he got home. Thanks.”

Reynolds was released by Hul FC midway through the Super League season after joining the club last year following an injury-riddled spell with the Wests Tigers.

The 33-year-old playmaker was adored by Canterbury fans in 138 appearances for the club from 2011-17.

Canterbury are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo to take over as head coach next year.

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