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UPDATED: St George Illawarra Dragons captain Jack De Belin has avoided suspension for a canonball tackle on Dolphin Ray Stone.
De Belin was sinbinned on the half-hour mark for the tackle. On Friday morning he was hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge and fined $1800.
The decision to send de Belin to the sin bin left greats in commentary scratching their heads, despite their condemnation of the tackle itself.
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“They have to be above the knees that third man in … that’s so dangerous, they’ve got to get that out of the game,” Andrew Johns said on Nine’s NRL coverage.
“If there’s two men in the tackle, and you can’t get the attacking player down, they have to change their technique. They shouldn’t need the third man coming in.”
Initially de Belin was only penalised, however the Bunker intervened with Adam Gee putting him in the bin.
Despite the frustration over the tackle, Paul Vautin and Johns were fired up at the Bunker.
“That’s not a sin bin,” Vautin said.
“The referee, they have a feel for when a sin bin should be. Penalty sufficient, play on,” Johns added.
De Belin assumed responsibility with regular skipper Ben Hunt on Origin duties and couldn’t lead his side to victory with the Dolphins coming home strong in a comfortable 26-12 win.
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Dragons coach Ryan Carr expressed some frustration at how the decision was made in the post-match press conference.
“I want to have a look at some other things in the game that I’m really interested to see some contacts made to see if it could of been a similar outcome (to the sin bin) on the other side,” he said.
Carr was further pressed on whether he thought the officiating was inconsistent and agreed.
“Not from first look but again I don’t want to make too many outlandish comments, they (Dolphins) played a good game of footy, I don’t want to make too many excuses for it,” he said.
“But at the end of the day I’ve got to look after the players and going through it, there seemed to be a lot of penalties early and all of a sudden the whistle went away late so I don’t understand why.”
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De Belin said he was “shocked” by the decision to sin bin him.
“To be honest it happened pretty quickly … I don’t think I went in too hard or too low with bad intent so I was pretty shocked in all honesty to be sin binned,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“It’s disappointing on my end, you don’t want to leave the team with 12-men.”
The Dragons were in with a chance before De Belin went to the bin with the score 12-6 in the Dolphins favour.
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Jack Bird scored first for the away side, after Talatau Amone’s try was ruled out by the Bunker the play before due to a completed tackle with Vautin frustrated at that decision too.
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In his 100th match, Jamayne Isaako scored in the 21st minute to level proceedings before cult hero Mark Nicholls went over three minutes later.
Anthony Milford punished the Dragons for having only 12 players on the field, capitalising on an overlap to show everyone he’s still capable of his top form.
Dragons youngster scored right on half-time to give the Red V a sniff at 18-12 but it was all the Dolphins in the second half with Isaako scoring his second and kicking a penalty goal to seal a 26-12 victory.
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