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#1 R L Winger

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:40 AM

NSW skipper Paul Gallen says players are being made to look like idiots under the rule outlawing punching and wants more licence to let off steam.

The Blues skipper called the sight of players running in and dancing around each other without landing a blow as 'embarrassing'.

Under the league's hardline stance, any player who throws a punch is immediately banished to the sin bin.

There's hardly been a cocked fist let alone a punch thrown in 12 months.  

"There is a lot of carry-on at the moment. You can't throw punches (so) I don't know why blokes run in," Gallen said.

"You look like idiots, really. Blokes running in and grabbing each other … it's embarrassing for the game.

"They should let you punch each other, really."

Gallen's team-mate and fellow Bruise Brother Greg Bird is another advocate of a return to the free-for-all days. 


He said: "I think it's embarrassing really. People run in 30m and push.

"I don't think it's a good look for the game. Take the refs out of play by letting players sort these things out for themselves.

"I'd much rather see people stand up for themselves."

Wednesday night's match in which NSW finally earned Origin redemption was punctuated by a string of unsavoury incidents and cheap shots from both teams.

But the game never fully erupted, with players mindful of leaving their team a man short should they throw a punch.

"It's Origin. We ripped into each other. The niggle is part of the game," Gallen said.

"Both sides give it to reach other. It was a brutal game."


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#2 G Las D

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

He wants everybody to play to his strengths!!!!

He did well enough as it is with the rules as they are.


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#3 DlEHARD

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:30 AM

Well this ######wit is the reason for the rule in the first place. The sooner he retires the better.



#4 kiwityke

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:04 AM

I agree DH. Bird too.



#5 mt smart

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:18 PM

I used to  love the Biff

 

Then I grew up

 

The three things this world needs less of

 

Violence

 

Hunger

 

Greed

 

All three are linked.

 

Modelling any of the evils of life to young people is regressed thinking.


Edited by mt smart, 13 October 2014 - 09:41 AM.


#6 Copa

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 06:55 AM

Should this rule be brought to the super league?

#7 G Las D

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:18 AM

Yes, without a doubt.

Paul Gallen's talk above is misguided.

We need to have high standards in our game that are not settled by temper and uncontrolled violence


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#8 Titaniuum

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:39 PM

I agree DH. Bird too.

Bird once assaulted his girlfriend. That's how tough he is.



#9 Titaniuum

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:41 PM

Yes, without a doubt.

Paul Gallen's talk above is misguided.

We need to have high standards in our game that are not settled by temper and uncontrolled violence

Despite the difference in age, I bet Brian McDermott would wipe the floor with Gallen.



#10 G Las D

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:34 AM

Talking of a McDermott, I hope you've had the chance to read Barrie McDermott's autobiography "Made for Rugby".

Not a bloke who would sit well in today's NRL - not that he ever played for any NRL clubs -  being a regular attender at disciplinary meetings and on the wrong end of many hearings.

His book though is hilarious and a great read. He's what a lot of people might call a loveable rogue during his early life and playing career. 

Paul Gallen doesn't fit that description.

 

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