The bunker is “a dog’s breakfast”
- Bunker under surveillance after Dragons lost Jayden Su’A in controversial sin
- NRL slammed for lack of consistency over concussion rules in Round 2
- Kent warned players could be encouraged to ‘milch’ injuries and cheat officials
- Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett livid over ‘contentious decisions’ in loss to Broncos
Fox Sports pundit Paul Kent has slammed the NRL’s inconsistencies when it comes to concussions, slamming the bunker as ‘dog breakfast’.
The Sydney Roosters lost Billy Smith and Victor Radley in the match against Newcastle in the first round after the pair were sent off following brutal beatings.
Under regulations introduced this season, the NRL uses independent doctors to decide whether players should be removed from the pitch following collisions that may have caused a concussion.
St. George Illawarra lost Jayden Su’A (above) in a controversial sin against Penrith
Last weekend, St. George Illawarra striker Jaydn Su’A was fined in the first half for a hit on Penrith halfback Sean O’Sullivan, who left the field for an assessment head injury.
O’Sullivan appeared to make the most of the contact, prompting Fox Sports analysts Gorden Tallis and Benji Marshall to accuse him of “milking him”.
Yet in the same game, Dragons halfback Ben Hunt was charged in the shoulder but played and the Tigers player who ran into him escaped any punishment.
Kent felt the incidents illustrated the inconsistencies in the league’s approach.
Gorden Tallis and Benji Marshall accused O’Sullivan (above) of ‘dealing’ with Su’A’s tackle
Victor Radley was ruled out of the game against Newcastle with a head injury in the first round
‘A week ago we had players going down and as soon as they went down – Victor Radley – grade one [injury] and you leave, he said on NRL 360.
“A week later, they have already reversed their decision.
“If you have an incident where you get brushed, do you now have to do the theatrical dive because you can get up after the second round and stay on the court.
“After the first round, you couldn’t stay on the pitch. What happens on turn 3? It’s just a dog’s breakfast […] I don’t know what they do in there some days.
The Bulldogs were upset after the referee allowed Herbie Farnworth’s try to stand as they lost 16-10 to the Brisbane Broncos.
Independent doctors were introduced to prevent teams from removing players on the premise of a blow to the head in order to obtain a free trade.
Kent, however, warned that a lack of clarity on how the new rules were applied could lead to even more player collisions.
“One of the results or ramifications of the concussion protocols was that it discouraged players from lying down and feigning an injury for the purpose of taking a penalty because that would mean they would be taken out,” said he continued.
“But a week later, they [the NRL] have already backtracked on all of this. How are coaches supposed to know what’s going on this week? »
Herbie Farnworth tryout controversially cleared as Broncos beat Bulldogs
Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett says he wants answers on ‘two contentious decisions’
The bunker was back in the spotlight on Sunday when a Brisbane Broncos try against Canterbury was cleared despite Corey Oates making contact with Bulldogs center Braidon Burns.
Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett was fumed over “two contentious decisions” in his side’s loss and demanded answers from the NRL.
Kent argued officials failed at Canterbury in allowing the trial to stand.
“It’s the failure of the officials, because if Braidon Burns had taken the theatrical dive and gone down, we would all have exploded,” he said.
“But if he needed to do it to point out that he was raped, he’d have to, right?”