Days after warning clubs, NRL lets another cannonball tackler off with fine

“I think it’s become more prevalent this season due to tackling techniques where two players are holding the ball carrier up and the benefit of putting the player on the ground is far greater than just letting him play the ball.


“I thought there was a couple of ones earlier in the season they could heave dealt with [a bit more harshly]. The fines are good in the game to keep players on the field for minor incidents, but if you draw the conclusion the cannonball tackle is a dangerous activity you probably shouldn’t be just fining guys.”

Roosters prop Lindsay Collins was criticised for a tackle on Tigers playmaker Jackson Hastings during the trials in which he appeared to spear at the legs of the ball carrier. He also only copped a monetary penalty.

Asked on Sunday about the criticism of the tackle, Collins said: “I’m not really fussed about it. It happened a little time ago now. It’s something I got wrong, and I need to fix up. That’s footy.”

Match-winning Sharks back-rower Teig Wilton faces a one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Eels halfback Mitchell Moses, who was taken out midair after launching a clearing kick.

Wilton stayed on the field despite the tackle and later crashed over for the last-minute try which preceded Hynes’ conversion.

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