SET OF SIX

Andrew Fifita

On the warpath: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita against the Warriors on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

1. Andrew Fifita farce forces other clubs to fess up

Rival clubs are to give details of their offers to Andrew Fifita as part of the NRL's investigation into Canterbury's dealings with the Sharks international. "We have no reason not to co-operate with the NRL over this," said South Sydney chief exeutive Shane Richardson, whose club was involved in some early talks. Central to the Integrity Unit's inquiries will be how Canterbury explained the discrepancy between the memorandum of understanding they signed with the front-rower and the actual offer. These are the two documents of interest legally, too. The huge figures associated with the deal have had an impact on player negotiations across the competition.

2. Big call to decide game not a common occurrence

It's thankfully a rare beast: the EXTREMELY contentious refereeing decision that decides a match. But Gold Coast prop Luke Douglas wasn't about to say he dropped the ball instead of being stripped, allowing Greg Bird to kick the winning penalty goal against Melbourne. "I took it in, there were hands in there, I didn't even see the reply, the veteran said. "I heard the crowd blowing up. What did it look like? We didn't get a few go our way early on, a couple of forward passes and stuff. It's the rub of the green."

3. Stop this madness. Right now

Commentator Warren Smith correctly expressed incredulity at the SCG on Saturday night about the apparently lax attitude towards the lifting by defenders. In colleague Phil Gould's fascinating Sun-Herald column, he wrote that in response to the new ban on diving at the legs an alternative had been devised requiring "the third defender to now hit the already well contained and standing ball carrier ... before applying an ever-so-subtle lift to one of the ball carrier's legs." Ban it - preferably in time for kick-off in Monday Night Football.

4. Post-game bust-up not what it seems

You've got to give it to NSW TV viewers who not only sit through the delayed match in the wee hours of Friday night but spot a news story out of the players shaking hands. Twitter on Saturday was awash with accounts of Brisbane's Justin Hodges "brushing" Parramatta's Chris Sandow at Suncorp Stadium. The clubs responded on Facebook by saying the players are friends and were play acting. They were later caught on camera joking about the stunt, apparently. Clubs respond to Twitter on Facebook - it's a brave new world

5. Still no draw for Four Nations

Clearly officials aren't expecting too many England fans to come out for the Four Nations this Spring - or they'd have announced the draw by now. But more details have leaked out in New Zealand over the weekend. The final will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, there'll be a double-header at Suncorp Stadium and England will meet Australia in Melbourne and New Zealand in Dunedin. Sydney gets nothing beyond this month's Anzac Test. Kiwi players not involved in the NRL finals might be given a warm-up game.

6. McLean grading precedent must be followed

Quite apart from the debate about Jordan McLean getting four weeks tacked onto his suspension due to the outcome, there is also a precedent inherent in its grading. The match review committee on Monday has more lifting tackles, including those by Joel Thompson and Beau Falloon, to examine. Comparisons will be drawn with McLean's grade two offence.  Meanwhile, Melbourne football manager Frank Ponissi on Triple M strongly suggested McLean was unlikely to appeal his seven-match ban, if only to save him from the emotional torment.

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