The NRL’s recent send-off and sin bin edict for acts of foul play clearly hasn’t filtered down to the NSW Cup.
Former NSW State of Origin and Australian forward Andrew Fifita somehow escaped getting sent off for a shocking high shot on Canberra Raiders five-eighth Matt Frawley last weekend.
Fifita, who’s currently been axed by Sharks coach John Morris from the NRL, was playing for the Newtown Jets at Belconnen Oval in Canberra.
The Raiders flogged the Jets 60-20.
What’s just as bad – the NSW Cup match review committee has somehow only clipped Fifita with a grade one dangerous contact head/neck charge.
Talk about lashed with a feather. He doesn’t even miss one game.
All Fifita ended up with was 90 carry over points. What a joke.
If they want to get foul play out of the game, there’s only one way.
Send offs and hard line sanctions. Fifita should have got four weeks.
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NRL: Former Blues and Kangaroos prop Andrew Fifita has copped just a one-week ban after this late shot on Canberra five-eighth Matt Frawley in the NSW Cup….
NRL: Former Blues and Kangaroos prop Andrew Fifita has copped just a one-week ban after this late shot on Canberra five-eighth Matt Frawley in the NSW Cup.
SHARKS STILL UNSURE ABOUT MORRIS
Cronulla coach John Morris appears on increasingly shaky ground at the Sharks as the club inches closer towards announcing who will be head coach in 2022.
There’s no question Morris has done a brilliant job given all the limitations around Cronulla’s salary cap.
The talk he’s hardly been able to sign a player since taking the job in 2018 is slightly skewered given the Sharks have resigned the likes of Blayke Brailey, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Will Kennedy and Teig Wilton — all players who have improved under the coaching of Morris.
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But the question Sharks powerbrokers are challenging themselves with is can Morris consistently take the club to being a top four side?
For all the achievements of having made the finals in 2019 and 2020, these are the most glaring numbers for Cronulla — they are none from 11 against top eight sides from last year in the last 18 months.
A duck egg in 2020 and this year against top eight sides. Against the best of the rest who missed last year’s finals the Sharks are 12 from 14.
Morris is in the unenviable position of being uncertain about his own future while the Sharks have a $3 million war chest to spend for next year.
Sharks stars Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson, Aaron Woods, Toby Rudolf and Josh Dugan are all also off contract and we’ve heard there’s been some mixed messages surrounding who’s calling the shots on the decision-making.
Is Morris making decisions based around his own situation?
Absolutely, he gets a voice.
Head of football Darren Mooney is also the man who’s handling the assembly of the Sharks roster.
Originally published asAxed Sharks star escapes ‘joke’ tackle
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