South Sydney general manager of football Shane Richardson has called on the NRL’s match review committee to crack down on the Melbourne Storm’s jiu-jitsu tactics.
In a fiery aftermath to the Storm’s victory on the Central Coast in round 21, the match review committee is under fire for failing to issue a charge against Storm front row forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona for an apparent crusher tackle on Rabbitohs player Dean Britt.
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Fox Sports has obtained a copy of the Match Review Committee’s notes sent to all 16 NRL clubs.
In a dumbfounding move, it states “No further action” was required against Storm prop Asofa-Solomona.
The MRC notes state: “Nelson Asofa-Solomona applied pressure with his arm to the head/neck of Dean Britt but did release his grip. No further action.”
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“The Melbourne Storm are the masters, we’re not happy about everything from the weekend,” Richardson told Fox Sports.
“Last year Sam Burgess missed two weeks for raising his elbows, on Sunday Cody Walker was penalised for being elbowed in the throat.
“Then James Roberts tried to take a quick tap but the referee called it back because Cameron Smith wanted to have a chat.
“The Storm are simply the best at slowing down, lying on and wrestling in tackles.
“We’re not the only club who thinks it’s gone too far. Something needs to be done.
“Who invented the crusher tackle, who invented the chicken wing, who invented the rolling pin?
“We were furious afterwards. It’s not in the spirit of the game.”
The Storm are guaranteed to be furious about the assertion and will retaliate by claiming every club in the NRL employs wrestling coaches.
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