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'We'd be calling the ambulance for you!': Annesley fires up over 'game's gone soft' suggestions

Amid concerns surrounding the judiciary, sin-binnings and officiating, NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley has defended the toughness of the modern game.

After Canterbury Bulldogs forward Chris Smith was binned against the Wests Tigers, teammate Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was among those to worry about where the game is headed, telling Triple M the sport needs to “stay tough”.

It follows on from the backlash surrounding Penrith’s Viliame Kikau being handed a two match suspension after failing to have a dangerous contact charge overturned at the judiciary.

However, appearing for his weekly football briefing, Annesley told media such criticism lacks “any credibility”.