Suspension loophole must be closed

Suspension loophole must be closed

While the NRL are at it, changing the judicial system to further marginalise the shoulder charge, they should get rid of the ridiculous situation where players can serve suspensions in trial matches.

The fans who point out the incongruity of Ben Pomeroy missing two finals games while Reni Maitua misses two friendlies are 100 per cent correct.

You can't legislate for the importance of a match by making finals or Origins worth twice as much as regular season club games – no-one has ever come up with a workable formula for that. Some finals are worth more than others, some Origins are deciders, others are dead-rubbers.

But it's not too hard to say: “if nothing at all is at stake, then it doesn't count" when it comes to suspensions.

We did have a situation where suspended players could take part in the pre-season and resume their suspension when the competition started. That was dumb too – what happens if you coat-hanger someone in a trial when you're actually supposed to be suspended? Is it like crashing an uninsured car?


Put simply, Reni Maitua should not be allowed to play rugby league anywhere until round three next year. Full stop.

The General's last stand falls over

With all the fanfare surrounding Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Dean Young and Ben Hornby on Sunday night, spare a thought for Luke Patten.

“The General” is supposed to be playing his final game in Salford's home match against Wakefield at the City Of Salford Stadium on Friday.

But Sky want the game moved to Saturday because it clashes with a St Helens-Wigan derby. And Saracens are playing a rugby union match at the City Of Salford Stadium on Saturday.

So The General is making his last stand at a neutral ground, Leigh Sports Village. He's not impressed, tweeting: “Just when I thought I'd seen it all. Just gotta laugh."

And the winner is ...

Colleague Adrian Proszenko wrote at the weekend that the ARL Commission is preparing to launch their own awards night, which would presumably mean the Dally Ms would go back to being a Daily Telegraph function.

Why don't you tell us what you would like to see in the event of this happening? How should the new awards night differ from the current functions? Who should it be named after? When should it be held? Which categories should be added or subtracted?

I have only one suggestion, really: that the Peter Frilingos Headline Moment award go to a media person for breaking the biggest story of the year, or the best piece of commentary – something like that.

Anyway, give us your thoughts below. I'm sure the powers that be will see them.

The world game

The game between Vanuatu and Greece at Port Vila on October 20 has been confirmed. Justin O'Neill (Storm) and Alehana Mara (Warriors) are hoping to play for Vanuatu. Discord that week will come to you from Pattaya, where the Philippines and Thailand will be making their own piece of league history.

Let's go to the comments


Feedback time and mt of Canberra said clubs were resisting the introduction of the proposed NRL stadia policy. But my information is that some clubs simply have a year to run on their current venue deals and for that reason the policy will have to be phased in over the next two seasons. But there will be some innovations in 2013. Expect Souths' home game against Sydney Roosters to be played at Allianz Stadium, for instance. mt also gave us the classic tautology regarding the Swans – that they'll “always be a passing fad”! Is that like being a permanent flash in the pan? Or the flavour of the month for a decade? Sorry mate, couldn't resist.

To everyone else, I agree the AFL is a big threat to league, they are better organised and resources and all those factors mentioned by Storm fan are valid. That's why this is a genuine story – not a media beat-up.

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