Paul Kent has highlighted a tackling method employed by the Melbourne Storm which resulted within the damage of two Cowboys stars.
NRL360 host Paul Kent has questioned a brand new tackling method employed by the Melbourne Storm which resulted in knee accidents of two Cowboys gamers.
Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt left the sphere in Round 11 and each are set to overlook the membership’s essential conflict towards the Panthers.
Feldt’s damage was considerably worse than his captain’s and can miss six weeks with an MCL tear.
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In imaginative and prescient of each tackles proven on NRL360, Storm participant Brandon Smith makes first contact, diving on the area between the knee and hip and driving one path.
Then his Melbourne teammates be part of the deal with up excessive, shifting in the direction of the opposite path, forcing the ballrunner to twist on the knee.
Speaking on NRL360, Kent revealed the Cowboys observed the tackling method whereas NRL head of soccer Graham Annesley stated there was nothing flawed with it.
“That is a particularly nasty one, Kyle Feldt will do six weeks, when I spoke to Graham Annesley today he said the match review panel looked at it, they basically have come back with the decision in the old days you would just call them good legs tackle,” Kent stated.
“But the concern, always the delicate part, the concern is he is hitting low just above the knee a fraction of a second before they are getting hit from above and they are getting twisted back over the top of him.
“That is putting pressure through the knee which has resulted in two medial ligament tears.
“I spoke to the Cowboys who were reluctant to talk specifically about it, they certainly noticed it during the game and thought this is an odd way to tackle, the fact that he was so low with so much drive.”
Kent believes the NRL might have to maneuver to outlaw the method, because it has achieved with the shoulder cost and crusher deal with.
“It is not the old traditional legs tackle where you basically hit and wrap around, it is more a drive through then when you combine the fact they are being hit from the other direction high,” Kent stated.
“It is this practice or technique, you don’t want to say that but by the same token you go back to the old ugly tackles we have had abandoned in the game… it is not illegal, and that is the concern, it is not an illegal tackle and there is nothing illegal in it.
“That being said there were other tackles in the past that have since become illegal, and what the game now has to figure out is were they just two accidents or is there something more deliberate about it, is it something that is being practised, and if so then what do they do about it.
“Under the laws of the game it is a legal tackle but if we are going to see injuries like this beginning to start coming in where players are doing medial ligaments because they are being twisted back over themselves… then the game has to act on it.
“It is going to cause a s**tfight to be honest.”
Originally printed as ‘Going to cause a s***fight’: New Storm tackling method known as out after damage blows