North Queensland coach Paul Green says the decision to downgrade NSW five-eighth’s dangerous throw charge threatens the credibility of the NRL judiciary.
North Queensland coach Paul Green says the downgrading of Josh Reynolds’ dangerous throw charge threatens the credibility of the NRL judiciary.
Cowboys star Brent Tate was on the end of the tackle which resulted in Reynolds’ charge during Wednesday night’s State of Origin opener in Brisbane.
The NSW five-eighth successfully challenged the grading at the NRL judiciary on Thursday night in a decision which Green says is confusing and disappointing.
Green says he had immediate concern for Tate when the tackle occurred due to the 32-year-old’s history of back injuries.
But beyond that, he feels the decision to downgrade the charge makes little sense given the NRL’s directive lifting tackles would be dealt with harshly in the wake of the tragic spinal injury to Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon earlier this year.
“I wouldn’t be doing the right thing for my players if I didn’t come out and say that decision lacks complete consistency,” Green said.
“The judiciary, if they want to get credibility, then they need to be consistent.”
The Cowboys earlier in the week accepted an early guilty plea after forward Tariq Sims was slapped with a grade two dangerous throw charge during last weekend’s match against Canberra.
Green says if the Reynolds decision had occurred beforehand, the club may well have fought the charge.
“Because of this supposed crackdown on these types of tackles we agreed to take a grade two grading,” he said.
“Given that the guys involved in that tackle in the Origin game don’t even miss a game, it’s just a joke.
“If they can charge that one as a grade one, then Tariq could almost get off compared to that tackle.
“I don’t know how they justify that decision.”
Green says players are getting mixed messages from the judiciary process.
“The players lose faith in the system,” he said.
“You get put on report and you don’t know what’s going to come up.
“The NRL want to make the game as safe as possible but then this happens, they take a couple of steps backwards in terms of the credibility of the judiciary system.”