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NRL claim officials are 'consistent' on shoulder charge actions to prevent tries

NRL head of elite football competitions Graham Annesley says there has been a consistent approach to shoulder charge actions to prevent tries over recent seasons.

Annesley discussed Matt Dufty’s controversial charge on Brent Naden, justifying the decision not to take the matter further by going through several similar incidents over the last two years.

However while none of the incidents mentioned saw a penalty try awarded, there were several different outcomes with some actions penalised on the field and others not.

Annesley says penalties could be awarded for the action, yet it depends on the referee’s assessment.

He believes this kind of tackle is more of a “glancing blow” compared to the type of front-on contact the game intended to outlaw.

Annesley says he is comfortable with how the game has dealt with such incidents.