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State of Origin: Josh Reynolds pledges to fight dangerous throw charge

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Throw tackle mars Origin clash

Queenslander Brent Tate is sent flying by NSW playmaker Josh Reynolds in the first State of Origin match.

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NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds has challenged the grading of a dangerous throw charge that is set to rub him out of Origin II, dumbfounded by the match review committee's ruling.

Reynolds questioned the direction the game was heading after he copped the grade two charge for the tackle in the first half on Brent Tate of Wednesday night's epic Origin encounter.  If successful in getting the charge downgraded to a grade one, an early guilty plea will see Reynolds banned for one match making him available for the clash at ANZ Stadium on June 18.

While there are two rounds before Laurie Daley's team gather for camp ahead of game two, the Bulldogs have the bye this weekend, which means Reynolds will miss Origin II if he his banned for longer than one week.

Josh Reynolds tries to evade Josh Papalii.

Josh Reynolds tries to evade Josh Papalii. Photo: Getty Images

The NRL also told Fairfax Media that Reynolds won't be allowed to be named to play NSW Cup this week in order to trigger his first game of suspension, leaving Reynolds with only one option if he hopes to feature in the second game of the series.

"I have to fight it, I have to," Reynolds said. "It's so frustrating that I even have to worry about it. This is Origin. This is what it's built on. I don't even want to think about missing game two. I'll truly be devastated, the fact that I've got such a great bond with these guys now. I can't explain the feelings I'm going through. I can't believe it. If I get done for that ... I don't know where the game is going, really. There was no malice in it. I didn't put him on his head, I put him straight on his back. Hopefully there's some common sense there. He's not a small guy Brent Tate, he's probably got 10 kilograms on me and I have to put my body on the line."

Beau Scott was also involved in the tackle but he will escape suspension if he takes the early plea for flinging Tate to the ground while Reynolds lifted him into the air. Reynolds received plenty of support from his teammates, who don't believe the tackle warranted the charge that was handed down by the match review committee within an hour of the conclusion of Wednesday night's 12-8 win to the Blues.

Billy Slater of the Maroons runs through James Tamou and Beau Scott of the blues during game one of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Click for more photos

State of Origin: Qld v NSW

The Queensland Maroons take on New South Wales in the first game of the 2014 State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28. Photo: Getty Images

Back-rower Ryan Hoffman defended his five-eighth, describing the charge as a "kneejerk" reaction. "I for one am all for player welfare and player well-being, but also accidents happen in rugby league," Hoffman said.  "There's been a lot of kneejerk reactions to some incidents at the start of the year. When you're driving up in the tackle and someone else is pulling him down, there's only one way for him to go. It's a rugby league accident. There was no malice. I think grade two is strong, but I suppose the match review committee have already set a precedence with other tackles.

"It's very disappointing for Josh. It's very harsh. He didn't lift and drive him into the ground. He just tackled him around the legs and he flipped over. I feel for him because I feel it doesn't warrant that."

Skipper Paul Gallen believes the speed in which Tate was running the ball contributed to the position he found himself in, but believes the fact that Tate landed on his back should see Reynolds slapped with a minor charge.

The tackle on Brent Tate which places Josh Reynolds' status for game two in doubt.

The tackle on Brent Tate which places Josh Reynolds' status for game two in doubt. Photo: Getty Images

"He got in a dangerous position, there's no doubt about that, but he never landed in a dangerous position," Gallen said. "I think a grade two is too harsh. As I said, he never landed in a dangerous position, and when you look at the tackle, I don't think he actually lifted him. Because Tate was running so fast, his momentum just went. The video is clear, he didn't land in a dangerous position. This is the problem with it, it goes to lawyers and wording instead of a game of football. I can understand a low grade charge, but I think they should fight it."

49 comments so far

  • Grade 2 is a joke. A few years ago that would have been a send off.
    Doesn't matter what speed Tate was going at or how he was tackled Reynolds hit low and lifted. That tackle is worth 4 weeks minimum.
    I'd love to see Gallens and Hoffmans comments if a NSWelshman ws up-ended like that
    While they're at it why hasn't the match revue members cited Gallen for the head butt and 2 tackles that hit players across the face. Oh that's right Gallen is a protected species south of the border

    Commenter
    col
    Date and time
    May 29, 2014, 7:28AM
    • While i'll agree with you that Reynold technique was poor and he did lift and should rightly be suspended, how you can claim Gallen should be cited and then turn a blind eye to the Nate 'the headhunter' Myles. Myles is a cheap shot mastermind.

      Commenter
      J72
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 8:05AM
    • Couldnt agree more. QLD never get the rub of the green. They were robbed last night and were the better team by far. I cant believe that Cameron Smith doesnt get more protection from the refs, its just a joke.
      NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Mickyb
      Location
      NSW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 8:32AM
    • Where did Reynolds have his arms in the tackle? - between Tate's legs in the classic lifting pose? or around his waist as we keep insisting that tackles be made.

      To condemn Reynolds for lifting, when shoulder charges, and tackling a player well after passing or kicking seemed to be acceptable, just makes a joke of the SOO.

      Commenter
      Gelert of Birrong
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 8:33AM
    • @Col were you watching the same game as the rest of us??? The penalty count was in favour of QLD and the last 10mims was so 1 sided the refs were embarassing.
      This is Origin. It's meant to be the best of the best. What happened during the 80's and 90's everything stayed on the field.... Needs to go back to those days for something's...

      Commenter
      Dave101
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 8:51AM
    • There was no intent in that tackle, it was all moment.

      Still a dangerous throw that deserved to be reported and a suspension but QLDers claiming crime of the century are embarrassing themselves.

      More concerning is how Shayne Hayne reffed the last 10 minutes. If QLD had won off the back of some blatantly biased refereeing that would have been a crime.

      Commenter
      Seano
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 9:30AM
    • Definitely a Queensland supporter. Half of the tackle was Scott's fault. He should get grade one.

      Commenter
      Cjpaino
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 9:33AM
    • Maybe Gallen is right, you blokes must sit there and only see one side of every game. Both teams were tough and relentless and both teams got away with a few over zealous bits of aggression. Reynolds went with the momentum, I've watched the tackle 100 times and he didn't appear to attempt to lift above the horizontal. He merely go caught up with the spin and the momentum. I am glad Tate is OK as to anyone who is a student of the game there was clearly no malice. And for MickyB to say Queensland 'never get the rub of the green', that is laughable. Shayne (with a Y) Hayne almost handed it to them in the last 12 minutes with 3 or 4 ridiculous penalties. I still can't believe NSW had the grit to hang on with the chances Hayne gave QLD.
      Do we have to dig up the past few years of the disgraceful ref decisions allowing Qld to win. I hope not, lets move on. So should you sooky Qld supporters who want everything their own way all the time.

      Commenter
      peter
      Location
      tugun
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 9:41AM
    • Should we bring back Barry "Grasshopper" Gomersall for some impartial adjudication? QLD lost any right to complain about refs years ago...

      Commenter
      Glasnost
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 10:27AM
    • I expect Willie Mason to call for long suspensions for both Reynolds and his club team mate Scott after his ranting after the McKinnon incident earlier this year.
      Similarly I expect both charges to be upgraded or does the game only care about dangerous tackles when a player is seriously injured ?

      Commenter
      Willie the hypocrite
      Date and time
      May 29, 2014, 10:29AM

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