A dog walks up an electric fence...
SHOW me the Haka... SHOW ME THE HAKA!
YOU wearily open your tired eyes and gaze around the dirty clothes and empty bottles that cover your bedroom floor. You can?t even remember what colour your carpet is, or when the last time you saw it was.
THE Jarrod McCracken case has set a dangerous precedent for spear tackles in Rugby League now, with the possibility of any illegitimate tackle being brought to court if a serious injury evolves from it. There?s no question that spear tackles have always been grimaced and frowned upon by the NRL, and hefty suspensions will occur for those who think it is a nice idea to give a friend a spinal operation for Christmas, but is it time that ?the grapple? be considered just as bad as the spear tackle?
It has been an overwhelming inclination this season for defending players to ?grapple? the head of the attacking player, gaining control and slowing the play of the ball. The weight and force of a player can be controlled by ?grappling? the head or neck. The problem here is while one player holds another players head to control him and slow the play down, he is vulnerable to be hit by a Sonny Bill express train at one-hundred kilometres per hour and have serious damage done to him. Why is he vulnerable? Because the player being ?grappled? cannot escape and defend himself, and is open to being hit very hard by the opposing players or even have his wallet stolen.
FOREWORD: I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Bulldogs teenage superstar, Sonny Bill Williams, during the infamous Coffs Harbour investigations, and a few months after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery Q.C, stated that there was insufficient evidence to charge any of the players. This article has been designed to show the public the mixed emotions that were felt by Sonny Bill Williams and his team-mates during the toughest time as his career.