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Cayless not a happy lad
Parramatta captain Nathan Cayless has called for a judiciary overhaul, saying teammate Nathan Hindmarsh should not miss next Wednesday's Origin series decider due to an NRL misdemeanour.
And the Eels leader has also had a shot at his club coach Brian Smith for hinting that his brother, Sydney Roosters prop Jason Cayless, faked an injury to milk a penalty in last Friday's fiery clash.
Cayless lay prone after a tackle by Parramatta backrower Glenn Morrison late in the Roosters' 12-8 win last Friday, giving the video referee time to review the incident and penalise the Eels.
"I was very, very disturbed by the last penalty and the (ensuing) goal (by Roosters backrower Craig Fitzgibbon)," Smith said post-match.
"I just think those things should be left in the hands of the referee...it makes me sick."
But Nathan Cayless today admitted he was "pretty disappointed" by Smith's criticism, saying his brother was "pretty crook" from the tackle which earned Morrison a grade one careless high tackle charge.
"Jason never has taken a dive before and he just wouldn't do that but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
"He was crook after the game and on Saturday, he had headaches all Friday night.
"But Brian is doing his best for Parramatta and I was just thinking about my brother - that's the way it is."
However, Cayless agreed with his coach that players "lying down" to milk a penalty was becoming more prevalent.
"I think it is creeping into the game, the new rule where if you stay down the video referee can look at it," he said.
"You might get a penalty out of it, it's a bad part of the game, it's really unsportsmanlike if you do lay down and you are not hurt."
Cayless admitted Wednesday night's NRL judiciary hearing would be distracting for the Eels on two fronts.
Hindmarsh will be battling to avoid a one-match ban for a grapple tackle on Roosters hardman Adrian Morley and remain in the NSW team for the July 6 Origin decider at Brisbane.
Morrison will also appear before the judiciary as part of the prosecution against Roosters centre Ryan Cross.
Morrison levelled an eye-gouging claim against Cross who has pleaded not guilty to a contrary conduct charge that was referred straight to the judiciary.
Cross is expected to face a ban of up to eight weeks if found guilty.
Cayless said Hindmarsh should only miss an NRL match - not the all important Origin clash - if found guilty.
Blues players are rested from the weekend NRL round, meaning Hindmarsh will miss the Origin series decider in Brisbane if found guilty after being named in the NSW team yesterday.
"He'll not only miss the Origin game but he can't play for Parramatta against Souths on Sunday," Cayless said.
"He misses a club and Origin game which could be classed as two or even three club games considering how big Origin is.
"He misses a fair bit of footy when he is only supposed to be missing one match.
"I think something has to be done about that."
Eels boss Denis Fitzgerald backed Cayless's call for a judiciary review.
"I think it should be reviewed ...with regards to the judiciary and the effect of one match, a State of Origin match, which means so much more than one premiership match," he said.
Hindmarsh said Morrison had no "hard feelings" towards Cross.
"He (Morrison) was pretty upset about it after the game, everything was left in his hands whether he wanted to pursue it," Cayless said.
"But we have spoken about the game yesterday at our review, it was a tough hard game, a good finals preview and there was no hard feelings - that's the way the game is.
"Anything that happens out there happens in the heat of the moment - no one is going to hold a grudge.
"(But) the whole thing might be a distraction for Glenn (for the Souths game)."
The Roosters today assembled a crack legal team for Cross headed by QC Alan Sullivan.
Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said they would rely heavily on Cross's clean record.
"Ryan is an absolute clean skin, it's not in his game. He has been playing since he was six years of age and he hasn't been in trouble like this," Canavan said.
"In our case we are just going to present the situation as it unfolded at normal speed."