Greg Inglis will escape suspension for his crusher charge.
Greg Inglis will escape suspension for his crusher charge.

Ennis calls on NRL to take stand on crusher tackles

THE NRL needs to take action against the crusher tackle to stamp it out of the game, after Greg Inglis and Latrell Mitchell were charged on back-to-back weekends.

Fox League expert Michael Ennis believes the penalties must be harsher, but said any crackdown should wait until after the current season.

"At this point in the season we can't make an example of it because we haven't all season and it would be unfair to rub out the guys, that have worked so hard to get to this point of the year," Ennis said.

"But I think the NRL need to make a stance over the summer.

"They need to get to the defensive coaches at every club and let them know that this sort of tackle is creeping in our game more frequently and it's going to be dangerous and end up going wrong.

"We need to get rid of it out of our game."

Greg Inglis pleaed guilty to a crusher tackle for this effort on Dragons rival Tim Lafai.
Greg Inglis pleaed guilty to a crusher tackle for this effort on Dragons rival Tim Lafai.

The NRL has a history of clamping down on foul play.

Punching is rarely seen in the game these days because it results in an automatic send off and the shoulder charge is also a thing of the past, a fact not lost on Ennis.

"We've seen a lot of the shoulder charges reduced," Ennis said.

"Occasionally we will see one come back, but we've stamped that out of our game.

"Punching is gone because the NRL took an extreme stance on it and it needs to be the same with this sort of tackle."

Fans were calling for consistency, after Mitchell recieved a one-game suspension, however the reason Inglis was not rubbed out for a week was due to his clean record.

Latrell Mitchell leaves his feet in the crusher tackle on Josh Dugan.
Latrell Mitchell leaves his feet in the crusher tackle on Josh Dugan.

"I said it the previous week with Latrell Mitchell, that this time of year we want the superstars playing," Ennis said.

"Unfortunately for Latrell, he had carry-over points and that is the reason why he is not there.

"I don't think the Greg Inglis tackle was a traditional crusher tackle from what we've seen with Chambers and Latrell, but it ended up in the same position.

"I think the NRL got it exactly right, it was definitely worthy of a grade one."

The wrestling coaches are alsways looking at new ways to neutralise ball runners.

Ennis believes the prevalence of players backing into tackles is causing coaches to find new ways to bring players down.

"We are seeing a lot more players lately backing into tackles and people are turning their back into the defensive line," Ennis said.

"But we need to be able to manage that better, rather than slinging them to the ground and jamming their neck in an awkward position.

"It is going to end in a horrific injury. It is going to end up really dangerous and we need to stamp it out."


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