It was tough having a really good backs-to-the-wall win against Manly soured by a two-game suspension that puts me out against Parramatta on Sunday and South Sydney the following week.
To get two games for what was purely accidental contact on my behalf is tough to take at a time when we have lost DSaf [Daniel Saifiti] to Origin and Friz [Tyson Frizell] to injury and I've put the team under pressure by not being able to play.
As a club, we looked at the incident and considered fighting at least the grading of the charge.
For me to be hit with a grade 2 when Sean Keppie was only handed a grade 1 for his shot on Phoenix [Crossland] and Tevita Vuna was not charged at all for his coat-hanger across the face of Star [To'a] when he didn't have eyes for the ball after chasing a kick is pretty hard to take.
The lack of consistency around the new rules is probably why, in the end, the club opted not to challenge it before the judiciary. The risk of getting an extra week's suspension if we failed to have it downgraded wasn't worth it.
I've got to say I'm with the majority of the playing groups around all the clubs when it comes to the new interpretation of what is a high shot in the game now.
I feel sorry for Victor Radley, who will miss the Origin series for tackling the way he has always tackled, a style that has earned him plenty of praise from everyone in the past.
Three weeks ago, I'm not sure my tackle would have even drawn a penalty. But the goal-posts have well and truly been moved in the blink of an eye.
Now, I'm totally for doing what we can to protect the players and the game from concussion. I totally get that. What I don't get is the way that it has come in with next to no notice but more so the inconsistency around the rulings.
Players who coat-hanger, stiff arm or attack the head of players deserve all they get. But when you have blokes getting penalised, sin-binned and rubbed out for accidental contact - as a player, it's disappointing.
There has surely got to be some common sense around the fact that accidents in a contact sport like ours are going to happen.
The other thing is, and I don't know the stats on it, but I'd be surprised if there are not more concussions caused by players going low into tackles and getting their heads in the wrong spot.
As it stands, I'll be watching on from the stand on Sunday hoping we can use the confidence gained against Manly to pick up another win, this time over the Eels on Old Boys' Day.
It's a big opportunity for JSaf [Jacob Saifiti] and Jesse [Sue] to start and lead from the front and I'm sure all the boys out there will really lift and do the club and town proud again.
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