I didn't think you could use precedent as a part of your defenceSupposedly he brought up a Jared Warea-Hargreaves tackle and a Jack Gosiewski tackle from last year that were similar and only received a Grade 1.
During the off-season, I'm going to make a point of recording every example just to show what the precedent is.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/storm-brewing-as-melbourne-commemorate-salary-cap-tainted-premiership-20190803-p52dlu.htmlThe NRL continues to allow Melbourne to run their own race – and rival clubs are far from impressed.
There has been a perception for years that the Storm get a very good run from the NRL and, in part, it’s understandable, because the NRL needs the Storm to succeed. But in the eyes of some it has gone too far.
Just last week they had a lunch to acknowledge a significant anniversary. ‘‘Join both the 1999 and 2009 grand final teams in celebrating their premiership anniversaries on July 26,’’ the blurb read.
‘‘Don’t miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with Storm greats and reminisce over past glory.’’
That’s right, a lunch to celebrate the 1999 premiership win – one of the great triumphs – and the 2009 title, which was stripped from the club because they systematically rorted the cap.
Remember that? Parramatta fans certainly do. It was Eels figures who raised this with me.
And then last week against the Sea Eagles, as part of the celebration, the Storm created a special jumper to mark the occasion, featuring the words ‘‘celebrating 1999 & 2009 grand finals’’. For all the league world to see.
The Storm salary cap scandal caused enormous anger in the game. Yet, the only person who really lost out was the so-called ‘‘Chief Rat’’ Brian Waldron, the Storm chief executive at the time. Not surprisingly, he wasn’t invited to the lunch, but he should have been because he has taken the fall for others in the whole mess.
If anyone thinks Waldron went rogue and acted on his own, they are delusional. We may never know the full story of what went on down there.
As for the lunch and the words on the jumper, the NRL continues to let Melbourne do what they want. No action will be taken.
‘‘The official premiership records make it clear what happened in 2007 and 2009,’’ an NRL spokesman said. ‘‘What Melbourne choose to acknowledge is a matter for Melbourne.’’
Melbourne’s history-making captain Cameron Smith was asked about the stripped titles on The Matty Johns Podcast this week.
‘‘Amongst the players ... they are ours,’’ he said. ‘‘We still have the memories. We all have the rings.’’
Those comments, the message on the jumpers and the lunch are a slap in the face to the NRL.
And this all comes after the governing body stumped up for a dinner for Smith and 30 of his nearest and dearest at a swanky Melbourne establishment to celebrate his 400th game.
It's just a coincidence that the quality of the NRL, at least in terms of attack, has slowly diminished since Bellamy took over at the storm.
Remember when Cameron Smith got binned last year? He literally took 4-5 minutes to get off the field, we’re all good here says the NRL.that is a perfect example of the ineptitude of the NRL and why they are the most amateurish governing body in professional sport world wide...
the only conclusion that can be drawn from these two cases is that the NRL believe that walking off the field too slowly is worse than trying to take someones head off
I think that was because Storm were making a change at that time and he was standing there waiting for the player to get in position before he exited the field.He actually got to the sideline and stood there refusing to leave the field.