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NRL News: Annesley admits another clanger, ref mic captures Gutho's blow-up, Galvin wants to 'get out' of Tigers

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11th June, 2024
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Manly forward Josh Aloiai should have been sin-binned for tripping Daine Laurie during his side’s loss to Penrith, the NRL’s football boss Graham Annesley says.

But Annesley felt match officials over-reacted in sending Warriors playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita from the field for 10 minutes for throwing the ball at North Queensland’s Chad Townsend during a scuffle.

Aloiai on Tuesday accepted a two-match ban for the incident, which initially went undetected by match officials in the second half of the Panthers’ 32-22 win on Sunday.

As play continued, the bunker examined footage showing Aloiai stretching out his leg and tripping Laurie as the stand-in fullback ran in support during a line break.

The bunker advised referee Gerard Sutton to place Aloiai on report, but Annesley said the official should have sent the Manly forward from the field for 10 minutes.

“It should’ve been a sin bin,” Annesley said.

“Because it was missed by the match officials, it was reviewed by the bunker in the background.

“(But) I guess the important point is that even though play may continue, it doesn’t prevent a player going to the sin bin.”

Josh Aloiai in action.

(Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

In years gone by, tripping was considered among the most serious offences a player could commit.

But in the modern game, many such incidents occur accidentally as a defender makes a tackle – with fines the most common penalty from the match review committee.

Annesley felt Aloiai’s trip was more sinister, though.

“It was at the higher end of that type of offence,” he said.

“It’s quite different to ones that we’ve seen earlier where they’ve tended to be a player trying to make a tackle and their foot has come out at the same time.”

But Annesley did not believe Harris-Tavita should have been sin-binned when tempers flared in the second half of the Warriors’ 42-12 defeat of the Cowboys on Saturday.


After a series of minor incidents, referee Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski lost patience when Harris-Tavita threw the ball at Townsend after the Cowboy forced play to a stop by giving away a penalty.

Townsend also ended up in the sin bin for rushing in to escalate the situation, but Annesley felt Harris-Tavita was hard done by.

“I don’t think that the referee made it obvious enough to the general public about why the player was being sin-binned,” he said.

“There’s also a question mark in my mind over whether that incident was sufficient to warrant that particular stand.

“He could have got away with waiting for something a little more serious than that.”

Canterbury’s Kurt Mann has accepted a two-match ban after laying a crusher tackle on Parramatta centre Will Penisini in the Bulldogs’ 22-18 win on Monday night.

Gutho blow-up revealed


Eels captain Clint Gutherson was sent to the naughty corner in the 75th minute during Monday’s blockbuster loss to the Bulldogs, as the fullback was told ‘do not speak to me like that’ by referee Peter Gough.

After Blake Wilson’s cracking match-winning try on the right edge put the Bulldogs in front, Gutherson argued to Gough about a potential obstruction call that would have overturned the score.

“Oh my god, that’s horrible, that is horrible”, Gutherson said in a heated exchange with Gough.

However, the Eels captain only received a taste of his own medicine back from the stonewalling referee.

“Regardless of your opinion as captain, do not speak to me like that when you ask me the answer,” Gough responded.

“That is not acceptable. You need to be better as a captain.”

The heated debate went on while the bunker reviewed the try and continued after the match, with Gutherson repeatedly saying that the call ‘cost us the game’.


“They’re going to come out tomorrow and say that’s the wrong call and it cost us the game. That play cost us the game,” he said.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Lachlan Galvin of the Tigers is tackled during the round four NRL match between Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium, on April 01, 2024, in Sydney, Australia.(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)[/caption]

The Tigers are set on building the club around Galvin, to avoid a deja vu situation, where they released the likes of James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses seven years ago.

Roosters send Smith to sideline


Roosters assistant coach Justin Holbrook says Brandon Smith is ‘unlikely’ to feature for the Roosters in round 15 after the breach notice for missing a mid-season review.

Holbook told SEN on Tuesday that the No.9 will do time on the sideline for his absence.

“I think it’s unlikely Brandon plays this weekend,” Holbrook said.

“We’re sitting down this afternoon to make the final decision, I don’t want to go off too early before we’ve sat down and discussed that as a coaching group.”

Despite this, Victor Radley believes Brandon Smith is ready to turn a corner.

Radley, who has no shortage of on-field misdemeanours, knows Smith can bounce back after the mishap.

“It’s a little kick up the arse for him,” Radley said.


“You could see today that he looks a bit dialled-in.”

“He’s got his hair cut. He’s had a shave, and honestly it looks like he’s gone, ‘I’ll be on for the rest of the season’.”

“A little thing like that can be beneficial. I know personally, I learnt everything the hard way,”

Speaking on the Bye Round Podcast with former NRL player James Graham, Smith opened up on his misdemeanour, saying he ‘was starting to think I was going to get sacked’ after being dealt the breach notice.

“It put me on notice that it is not good enough obviously,” Smith said.

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Brandon Smith of the Roosters runs with the ball during the NRL Trial Match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium on February 17, 2023 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Brandon Smith. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

“I was the first one into training this morning. I feel like I let people down and I don’t like to let people down.


“It was dumb… I went out for a coffee with my missus, and she doesn’t like it when I take my phone out because I ignore her.

“So I left my phone at home. The reason it is my fault is because you check the schedule before you go to sleep.

“I missed the meeting – that was the problem.”

Smith has struggled to live up to his lofty price tag since crossing to the Roosters from the Storm at the end of 2022, with club hierarchy reportedly frustrated with his off-field behaviour.

Gallen flares up at Myles over Suaalii spray

NSW legend Paul Gallen believes Nate Myles should’ve known better than flaring up at Joseph Suaalii post his send-off high tackle on Reece Walsh.

Speaking on 100% Footy on Monday night, the 24-cap Blue unleashed on the Maroons assistant coach.


“When you’re in a position like he (Myles) is, you can’t let emotion get the better of you,” Gallen said.

“If you’re going to let emotion get the better of you, you should be sitting behind the fence in the crowd.

“I thought he saw an opportunity to have a go at a young bloke who would’ve been pretty intimidated, and he took it. It was pretty ordinary behaviour.

“I can’t believe he wasn’t fined.”