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Angry Webcke lashes NRL critics

By Dave Donaghy and Daniel Pace 19/07/2005 07:12:36 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane warhorse Shane Webcke has angrily defended his integrity as a clean-nosed NRL player after coming under fire for his spear tackle on Melbourne winger Jake Webster.

Webcke, who escaped punishment after pleading guilty to the tackle, fired up when asked about comments made in a Sydney newspaper that he should have been outed for a month.

The article - that describes the tackle as "chillingly horrendous" - also suggested Webcke and Broncos coach Wayne Bennett should be forced to visit a hospital's quadriplegic wing.

"That comment (gets under my skin) because I have been to a quadriplegic ward and that is why I am so apologetic about the tackle," Webcke said.

"I don't need him harping on in a paper about what I think about the potential of those tackles.

"At the end of the day, I'm fully aware and all players are fully aware of what can go wrong, and go horribly wrong.

"But he's got to understand forces work when we play this game that sometimes go out of control."

Bennett and former NSW coach Phil Gould have been critical of the NRL match review committee's decision to charge 29 players this season with dangerous throws.

Webcke, who has been suspended just once in his 219-game career, became the 157th player to be charged with the offence since the NRL's inception in 1998.

The former Queensland and Australian prop said he wasn't shocked by the climbing figure due to the fast-paced nature of the modern game.

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