NRL information 2023 | Phil Gould slams NRL’s ‘continual, poisonous’ subject following Jordan Rapana, Martin Taupau collision


Phil Gould has slammed the NRL‘s “poisonous” pattern of awarding penalties primarily based on the result, relatively than the motion itself.

As fallout from Saturday’s controversial end to the Broncos-Raiders conflict continues, Paul Gallen identified that after Jordan Rapana dropped the ball following the Martin Taupau hit, Kurt Capewell picked up the ball and scored.

Gallen stated the strive ought to have stood.

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“Why should not it have been a strive … [Rapana] made an error – he dropped the ball,” he stated on 9’s 100% Footy

“[Capewell] picked it up and scored, I believed ‘they’ll win this.”

Gould agreed.

“This has grow to be continual in our sport, it is truly grow to be poisonous in our sport, that each time somebody will get harm, somebody’s obtained to get blamed and punished for it,” he stated.

“That is skilled soccer, it will occur, all of us perceive it. There will probably be collisions and there will probably be moments within the sport the place individuals will get harm. Recover from it.

“We encourage a lot that is unsuitable for our sport, that shades our sport in a nasty mild.

“This sport was about constructing character and about robust males taking part in the sport. We wish this sport now to be performed by gents and mild males. 

“And that is not rugby league.”

In penalising Taupau, referee Grant Atkins stated the Broncos enforcer “put his knees in a careless place, and it was a careless motion”.

After the sport, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stated he felt sorry for Taupau, earlier than revealing he had come into the Raiders shed searching for Rapana to apologise.

“[Taupau] got here searching for Jordy and spoke to his dad and mom, which is very nice of him,” he stated.

“It was an unlucky collision. These accidents occur in these video games.”

On 9’s Sunday Footy Present, Billy Slater stated whereas he agreed Taupau did not imply to hit Rapana within the head, the penalty was honest.

“On the finish of the day you have obtained an obligation of care,” he stated.

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“Once you go down like that on a man catching the ball, you’ve got a chance to regular and make the deal with in a protected method.”

It was a view that left Gould baffled.

“That is probably the most overused and misunderstood phrase, ‘obligation of care’,” he stated on 100% Footy.

“He would not have an obligation of care there, to not hit him within the head. He had no intention of hitting him within the head. 

“Jordan Rapana hit his head on [Taupau’s] knee. That is not Taupau’s fault.

“There’s a enormous distinction in it. An enormous distinction.”

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