Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson continued his war against players feigning injury to win penalties by accusing St George Illawarra centre Euan Aitken of staying down too long after being tackled by Dylan Napa.
Napa was placed on report for dangerous contact – having already been sanctioned for a crusher tackle on Josh Dugan – a decision that led to a second half penalty that ultimately won the game 14-12 for the Dragons.
However, Robinson, who recently blasted Brisbane’s Anthony Milford’s actions after a similar incident at Suncorp Stadium, said he didn’t believe Aitken was hurt and backed Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ decision to give him a verbal spray as he received treatment.
“What happened after he got hit around the shoulders?” Robinson said.
“He’s a young kid in our game playing great footy and he lies down on that play.
“Are we happy with that in our game? I didn’t think he got hit high …. we saw in the replays he got hit across the chest and Jared went over as he should and told him to get off the ground.
“If this is the sport we love then it’s different to the one I’ve been watching all these years.
“It’s not an isolated incident. Players say they do it because it’s being allowed to happen.”
Aitken hit back at Robinson’s claims and said he was hurt by the shot from the giant forward and insisted he is not a player who milks penalties.
“I was a little bit rattled, I wasn’t knocked out or anything I just made sure I was sweet and got back up,” he said.
“I wasn’t sure what was being said to me while I was down, but Gaz (Widdop) backed me up. We have a tight group here.
“It was legitimate shot to the head. There was no reason for me not to stay down.
“I am the type of player that wants to stay on, break tackles and score tries … but I was rattled.”