2018 NRL Season: Preliminary Finals discussion

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  1. rhugh89

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    2018 PRELIMINARY FINAL
    FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2018 @ 7:40PM
    AAMI PARK, MELBOURNE


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    2018 PRELIMINARY FINAL
    SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2018 @ 7:40PM
    ALLIANZ STADIUM, SYDNEY


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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Hoping for either a Roosters/Sharks grand final or Rabbitohs/Sharks grand final. F*** the Storm.

    Who we all rooting for?
     
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    Either way should be a quality contest. Roosters, Storm & Rabbitohs could all win on their day. Sharks could too if they really turn it on but out of the 4, are probably the least consistent.
     
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    Roosters and Storm for G/F with Storm to win but would be happier with Sharks V Souths
     
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    As long as the Storm get beaten I'm happy
     
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    Any one but Souths
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    1 v 2 GF. Most consistent teams.
     
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    Well Melbourne are through....What did you guys think of the Slater Shoulder Charge ??
     
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    Definite shoulder charge, there can be no doubt about it. Whether the NRL has the guts to charge and suspend him is another story.

    I think they will charge him to look tough, then let him off at judiciary for some weak excuse.

    The NRL have absolutely no teeth.
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Yeah look, I’m sick of watching Melbourne play in the Grand Final.

    F*** off.
     
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    If they charge him, He is gone

    Grade 1 = 200 points
    Grade 2 = 350 points
    Grade 3 = 500 points

    If they hit him with a grade 1 (likely charge if a charge is laid) and he takes the early plea he still misses a week

    Pretty sure it's still a 25% discount which would have him at 150 points which is a 1 game suspension

    That's not including any carryover points he may have
     
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    krustykraz Andrew Tangata-Toa

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    They won't charge him.
    He will get Clive Churchill medal win or lose & Dally M player of the year.
     
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    Why would he go the early plea? He is retired after this game if he did.

    They can charge him, Melbourne can challenge it and get let off. Just because they charge him doesn't mean they have to still suspend him.
     
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    Will be sad if he is charged and found guilty. If he was playing for us and made that tackle, legal or not, we would be claiming him a hero, match moment. Give credit where due, what option did he have, do we hate him because he is so good or plays for Melb no matter what a great player and deserves to go out, win or lose, in a grand final.
    I don't like Gallen or Dugan but I wished they had played tonight then no excuses, best team won.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Fifita hit with a worse shoulder charge and was very late which caused the scuffle as Slater scored try #2. It was a defensive tackle pure and simple.
     
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    True mate, My point was if they charge him he is gone

    Whether it was a shoulder charge is not really in dispute as it was pretty clear

    It comes down to whether or not the MRC have the balls to pull the trigger and I don't think they do

    I understand what some fans are saying in regards to him just doing his best to stop a try but at the end of the day it was an illegal tackle and he should be charged for it
     
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    Rhugh89, I disagree with your statement that the “MRC needs balls to pull the trigger “ they need balls not to.

    The law makers “invented” this rule to make this sport more PC and appealing to the general public, under the premise of player Safety.

    So Mum would be comfortable letting “ little Johnny” or “little Miss” play such a perceived brutal sport- it worked.

    It eliminated the perception of players going into a tackle with intent to injure.

    Reality is this is a contact sport, put in the same position, at the same speed with the same number of variables there is no way you have time to preconceived a method of contact it is purely reactive to the extent of self preservation and in a collision your reflex actions will dictate body movement.

    There is not a current player or coach in the game who would want a player rubbed out for such an act of desperation in a game situation - except those who have something to gain (eg Roosters or Rabbits). Even Sharks fully supported it and they are the ONLY ones would would have a right to complain legitimately.

    Ask your self what is this Sport coming too ? when the players endorse an act in “real time” but the beaurcrates and the media dictate their expectations from the comfort of a “arm chair” without the pressures of the moment.

    For the good of the game the NRL and the MRC need to grow a set and squash this as a non event with out delay.
     
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    While an act of desperation like that is admired it is illegal nonetheless under the current rules

    I understand your points about real time and all of that mate but we can only go on what the rules are at this stage, Whether we agree with them is a different conversation

    It would take alot of guts either way, We are talking about ruling the greatest fullback of the modern era out of the GF so whatever way they go the reaction will be enormous

    I don't like Slater but his desparation and will to compete was great to watch but it's illegal so he needs to be charged
     
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    He has been charged with a grade 1 shoulder charge

    From NRL.com

    Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater will have to front the NRL judiciary to earn the right to play in next Sunday's grand final after he was charged with a grade one shoulder charge by the match review committee.

    Slater was pinged for a shoulder on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki in the 14th minute of Friday night's preliminary final at AAMI Park, and will need to successfully fight the charge in Sydney next week to play in the decider.

    The NRL usually host judiciary on Tuesday, however the Storm will be provided the opportunity of an earlier hearing to ensure minimal distraction to their grand final preparations.

    The 35-year-old fullback was hit with a grade one charge worth 200 points, knocking him out of the premiership decider unless he fights and wins.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/09/22/melbourne-storm-star-billy-slater-set-to-miss-grand-final/
     

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