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Yet Another Fine for Raiders
Despite being one of two goalkickers to exceed the National Rugby League's 90-second "shot clock" last weekend, Canberra fullback Clinton Schifcofske was the only one to draw a breach notice on Wednesday.
While Schifcofske incurred a $2000, an extended caution by referee Steve Clark to a Melbourne player was taken into account and a breach notice was not issued.
Canberra has until the end of next week to appeal.
Chief executive Simon Hawkins said he wasn't concerned about his club being singled out.
"I don't think we should have been fined, but I've got no beef with the Broncos not being breached," Hawkins said.
The Raiders were also fined $2000 after the round one win over St George Illawarra last month, when the 28-year-old former Queensland representative went three seconds over time.
The league introduced the time limit at the start of this season to hurry slow kickers such as Schifcofske and Warrior Brent Webb.
In explaining this week's decision, NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said there were fundamental differences in the cases of Schifcofske and De Vere.
"There is quite a difference in a delay caused by the referee, over which players have no influence, and the delay caused by a goalkick," Annesley said.
"We looked at the tape and our view was clearly formed that he (Schifcofske) had enough time to take the kick."
But Hawkins said Schifcofske has no intention to slow down the game: "I mean, the try was in the sixth minute so it's not like he thought there was a lead he could hold onto for another 74 minutes."
Schifcofske doubted he had a problem with his goalkicking.
"I've had 20 kicks so far this year and so far I've only had a problem with two," Schifcofske said.
"The rules are there ... I thought I might get some sympathy because I'd just run 50 metres to score a try and I was a bit buggered."
Annesley said that was the reason the league had not increased the fine from the first offence.
Schifcofske said he had been using a stopwatch at training with Canberra's kicking coach, Terry Matterson, in order to ensure compliance.
He said he can always do it at training in between 60 and 75 seconds.
But he conceded the possibility of being fined every time he steps up to take a kick.
"It is in the back of my mind a little bit," he said.