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Storm star Brandon Smith was reported for an alleged hip-drop tackle on Titans skippers Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – and Craig Bellamy has begged the Match Review Committee to ignore the “hysteria”.

Smith grabbed Fa’asuamaleaui’s legs and his teammates Tanah Boyd and Sam McIntyre immediately threw their arms in the air in protest.

Fox League commentators Dan Ginnane and Shane Flanagan made no mention of the tackle until the Gold Coast lock was crippled.

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Replays then showed Smith knocking out the legs in an ugly manner and referee Peter Gough put him on report.

“I understand it’s wet and he’s sliding but it’s (that) he throws his legs out putting the weight on the back foot, it’s on the list,” Gough told Melbourne captain Jesse Bromwich.

“That can be very big. Just a two-man tackle, not the well-known three-man tackle where that result occurs,” said Ginnane.

“It doesn’t really matter. You can’t do it, we know you can’t put your weight on the back of the legs if the player moves away from you and he gets in a bad position.”

Brandon Smith’s tackle on the Titans captain.Source: Getty Images

It comes after Broncos star Pat Carrigan was given a four-game suspension last weekend for a hip-drop tackle that broke Tigers pistol Jackson Hastings’ leg – an event that was heavily publicized.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy pleaded with the MRC in the post-match press conference to ignore the reports, hoping his star utility will stay on the pitch.

“I just hope it’s judged by the tackle, not the hysteria that has erupted this week,” Bellamy said.

“That’s all we ask.

“If you got one last week, how many have there been? If there is one in how many games since the last.

“Pat Carrigan doesn’t go on the field to break Hastings’ legs, it’s an accident.”

Bellamy also said he didn’t believe hip-drop tackles were a big deal in the modern game.

“I don’t see it as a really big problem in the game, but I understand it can hurt people, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of hope this year I think.

“I just hope it’s judged on that and not because it’s been in the news a lot this week.”

Smith’s tackles were heavily debated on the Fox League halftime panel by ex-players Mick Ennis and Corey Parker.


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“We watched it live in full speed. Brandon Smith just makes the tackle and he falls off the tackle and the fact that Tino went on that line dragged Brandon Smith with him,” Parker said.

“If you slow it all down like we do, it doesn’t look great, but it just hangs on.

“If you don’t want to end up in that position, Brandon Smith has to let go of the tackle, otherwise it’s a complete accident.

“I don’t see it as a real hippie like we saw with Pat Carrigan last week. If he doesn’t want to end up in that position, he’ll have to let go, which goes completely against everything we’re talking about in the rugby league.

Ennis agreed with Parker, but said the tackle would be a “major concern” for the Storm.

“The talk this week was two players holding the man up and that third tackler coming in and showing no duty of care. I don’t like the position Tino gets at the end, but I’m not sure what else Brandon Smith would do there. other than letting go of the tackle,” Ennis said.

“Do we attribute that to the duty of care? Is that where we’re going? Maybe we should, where we take out players to get into that position.

“That was a really tough one, he just got into that unfortunate position Brandon Smith and I’m not sure what he could have done differently.”


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