Des Hasler says he is concerned the NRL’s shoulder charge fiasco could have adverse implications for the finals series.
The Canterbury coach said on Friday there was widespread confusion among clubs and players in regard to the shoulder charge rule.
His assessment comes after Canberra star Jack Wighton’s exoneration at the judiciary on Tuesday night and a decision not to charge Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis for a similar hit.
“It’s not just a concern for me, it is a concern for any of the clubs or the players,” Hasler said.
He also echoed Raiders coach Ricky Stuart’s call for a review of the rules and interpretations governing the controversial tackle in the off season.
“It needs to be addressed. A case like that isn’t the first time it has happened,” said the Bulldogs mentor who has long butted heads with NRL officialdom.
“People keep giving me advice about the way to go about it but is seems to fall on deaf ears,” he said.
“We will see what happens in the off season.”
Hasler said the Bulldogs didn’t challenge prop Sam Kasiano’s recent two-game suspension for dangerous contact because of the unpredictable nature of the judiciary system.
“It was something we could have taken to the judiciary but with the judiciary these days you just don’t know what can happen – let’s be honest nobody knows,” he said.