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Roosters' Myles won't change technique

By Adrian Warren 20/08/2008 06:26:53 PM Comments (0)

Roosters rugby league hardman Nate Myles feels he owes his team mates after missing several games through suspension, but has ruled out changing the tackling technique which has incurred the judiciary's wrath.

Queensland forward Myles was suspended for six weeks for a grade three dangerous throw charge following his spear tackle on NSW forward Ben Cross in last month's State of Origin decider.

It was the third time in his two seasons with the Roosters that 23-year-old Myles was suspended.

Last year he was outed for three matches on a grade three striking charge and missed another two games following a grade one dangerous throw charge.

"I suppose it comes back to the team, I sort of need to repay them for not putting my hand up and sticking with them," Myles said.

"It's one of those things, you feel like you're letting them down.

"I just want to go out there and try and work hard the rest of the season for them."

Asked whether he had sat down and talked to Roosters' coach Brad Fittler about his disciplinary record and tackling style Myles said: "We worked on that at the start of the year.

"We sat down and looked at the tackle (on Cross) and there wasn't much more I could do.

"I tackled low and fell backwards and he went over me.

"It's just one of those things, I won't change my tackling technique."

Fittler was disappointed in the size of the suspension Myles received for his tackle on Cross but praised the way he handled the setback.

"I thought it (the suspension) was pretty harsh, but I'm pretty happy with the way he has been training," Fittler said.

"His attitude has been fantastic, his discipline is excellent."

Fellow forward and Roosters' skipper Craig Fitzgibbon, who is also back in the side this week after recovering from injury, welcomed Myles' return to action against Cronulla on Friday night.

"He's an imposing figure and not too many blokes like to run straight at him, his presence in the line-up is a huge boost to the players around him."

Fittler acknowledged the importance of Friday's clash with the third placed Sharks, who are one spot and two points above the Roosters.

"It's going to be a tough game, they are coming off a loss and they are always hard to beat there and the game is just as crucial to them as it is to us," Fittler said.

"I can see it being a nice tough encounter."

Myles and Fitzgibbon apart, the Roosters also welcome back another representative player in New Zealander Setaimata Sa.

"They come with big-game experience, they are all players in internationals and State of Origin, so you hope they bring that sort of attitude," Fittler said of his recalled trio."

Fittler, who has never lost more than two games in a row, since taking over as Roosters coach, was hoping to keep that record alive following losses to Parramatta and Melbourne in the past two rounds.

"We were pretty lucky on the weekend, the teams we needed to get beaten got beaten," Fittler said.

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