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Soward calls for perspective on flykick

01/08/2009 12:54:51 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward says there was nothing malicious in his last gasp defensive effort on Storm star Greg Inglis which saw him placed on report during their NRL clash on Friday night.

Soward was palmed off by the hulking tryline bound Storm centre in the 20th minute and became off balance and flipped up in the air with his legs outstretched, his boot almost connecting with the ball.

Soward's mid air flykick gave up what could have been an eight point try, if Cameron Smith had successfully kicked the conversion, when he was penalised for dangerously defending with his feet and was placed on report.

But the dynamic playmaker was adamant after the Dragons' 26-12 win that he would have no case to answer.

"Yeah I didn't think there was too much in it," Soward said.

"I was just trying to make the tackle, GI's pretty strong and he got me in the right area and my whole body went up.

"So I was pretty disappointed, obviously it was an eight-point try but it was just one of those things that happened and I said to GI straight afterward and we're sweet."

Soward said he wasn't attempting to kick the ball from Inglis's hands.

"No, it's not soccer. It was just one of those things that happened. He's pretty strong and he threw me off and my leg went up," he said.

"I'm not the only person ever to be fended off my Greg Inglis and I won't be the last, he's a good player."

Dragons coach Wayne Bennett said he backed the rule which stops players from defending with their feet on the tryline, but in this instance there was nothing in it.

"Jamie was certainly in a strangle, with a palm out into the throat area and obviously lost his centre of balance and I don't think there was much doubt about that.

"It wasn't that he fell over the tryline or in the process of putting the ball on the tryline and Jamie slid into him which is what that rule was first brought in for, was to cut that type of stuff out.

"They were both fully upright at the time, I'm quite confident, that's the way I see it and that was how it happened."

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