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NRL tells Hall to crack down

By Brent Read 18/03/2003 08:00:33 PM Comments (0)

The National Rugby League has moved into damage control, with judiciary commissioner Jim Hall given a directive to crack down on incidents such as the one involving Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis at the weekend.

NRL chief executive David Gallop discussed the incident with Hall, telling the commissioner he was disappointed no further action had been taken against the Brisbane, Queensland and incumbent Australian captain.

The NRL board echoed Gallop's sentiment, which followed an ugly brawl between Tallis and Penrith youngster Ben Ross at Penrith on Sunday afternoon.

Images of the altercation have since been spread across newspapers and television, attracting widespread criticism.

The outrage continued when Penrith chief executive Shane Richardson - still angry at the league's failure to take any action against Tallis - claimed the striking charge should be thrown out.

"What they should do is take the striking charge out of the NRL charges," Richardson said.

"That's what they should do. It's part of the game but it doesn't do us any good."

Tallis threw a volley of punches at Ross before both were sin-binned by referee Paul Simpkins.

Images of the brawl were splashed across newspapers and television, prompting the NRL to take further action.

Hall said the judiciary had looked at it as a brawl between two players and considered the sin-binning sufficient punishment.

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