NRL issue elbow warning notice for Cameron Smith


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    Melbourne captain Cameron Smith avoided the possibility of missing his own historic testimonial match after dodging a charge for his elbow in Friday’s World Club Challenge.

    Smith appeared to be on shaky ground after footage emerged of him striking Leeds hooker Matt Parcell after a strong tackle at AAMI Stadium.

    Parcell was penalised by the referee for a lifting tackle.

    However, the NRL match review committee deemed the contact insufficient to draw a charge and instead issued the Kangaroos and Queensland State of Origin star with a concerning act.

    It is understood only a grade three charge attracted during a trial would be enough to attract enough points for an NRL player to be suspended from another trial match.

    The result means Smith is free to play in Friday’s match in conjunction with Johnathan Thurston and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.

    It is believed the match could draw a crowd of about 30,000, and the expected $1.5 million in profit to be shared between the representative stars.

    The NRL came under fire last year for ticking off on the fixture after revelations the extra money will be exempt from the salary cap of the respective clubs.

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    • February 19th 2018 @ 6:07pm
      Pilferer said | February 19th 2018 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

      This will set a precedent for all striking charges this year.
      Gutless by the nrl, should have been charged but clearly let off because of this testimonial game.

    • February 19th 2018 @ 8:27pm
      Dean said | February 19th 2018 @ 8:27pm | ! Report

      No charges to answer as I predicted on Saturday. The English player was let off with a caution which surprised many people. Smith expressed surprise, saying he felt his opponent deserved a minimum of a month on the sidelines.

    • February 19th 2018 @ 11:09pm
      Michael Clare said | February 19th 2018 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

      “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Quote from George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm

      The NRL hierarchy might not have read the book, but they have followed this precept way too often for my liking in recent years. This is just another sorry example.

    • February 20th 2018 @ 8:52am
      uglykiwi said | February 20th 2018 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      just saw it; how is that not worth 4 weeks; gutless strike to the head???

      Anyone else in the game = 4 weeks.

      But I think Greenberg rang Smith up and asked him what he should do; Smith replied accordingly.

      • February 20th 2018 @ 9:13am
        MAX said | February 20th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report


      • February 20th 2018 @ 6:21pm
        mushi said | February 20th 2018 @ 6:21pm | ! Report

        Really? 4 weeks.

        Is that a grade 3 strike right there?

        I could see you calling it a grade 1 but with no leverage, in the midst of contact and reactionary getting grade 3 would mean a grade one needs to be given out for an early tackle!

        It was unnecessary but gee “gutless” should be a strike off the ball, using your weight, with the person not expecting nay contact with another human being.

    • February 20th 2018 @ 9:44am
      Duncan Smith said | February 20th 2018 @ 9:44am | ! Report

      Smith shouldn’t have done that but you can understand where it came from – the tackle wasn’t far off being dangerous, Smith almost driven into the ground head first.

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      February 20th 2018 @ 10:12am
      Nat said | February 20th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Nothing more than a reaction to a dangerous situation. A warning, possibly points accrued, is sufficient for both.

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