Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith was sent to the sin bin for a brain snap that resulted in two open hand slaps to Eels hooker Reed Mahoney’s face.
In the 30th minute with the Storm leading the Eels 22-0 in their semi-final at AAMI Park, Smith got in a tussle with his opposite number that resulted in a sin bin.
“Smith is in a tangle and has thrown a couple of punches,” Andrew Voss said in commentary.
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“Cameron Smith has thrown a couple at Reed Mahoney with the assistant referee standing half a metre away from him. This is pretty dramatic.
“Smith has had a couple of shots at him. That’s gone. Off you go to the bin Cameron.
“A slap last night from Cody Walker and Cameron Smith can sit himself down.”
“The referee is right there, why would you do it Cameron?,” Steve Roach added.
“It’s a moment of madness.”
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However Greg Alexander and Braith Anasta questioned the direction the game was going in following sin-binnings for Cody Walker and Smith in consecutive nights for open hand slaps.
“There is something about that, that doesn’t sit right,” Alexander said.
“No, is that what our game has come to?” Braith Anasta asked.
“We are getting 10 in the bin for that? I’m finding it very hard.”
The sin-binning was just the second 10 in Smith’s 410 game career that he has been given a 10 minute spell.
The first was in a clash with Cronulla last season.