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Storm expected to appeal NRL fine

01/04/2004 11:15:19 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne is considering appealing a $2,000 fine from the National Rugby League after hooker Cameron Smith became the second player to be penalised for exceeding the game's 90 second goalkicking limit.

The Storm were given a breach notice by the NRL after Smith took 95 seconds to take a shot at goal following Dustin Cooper's 63rd minute try at Olympic Park on Sunday.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy was fuming at the decision.

"It was a kick from the sideline, he made the bust that set the try up, he made half a break and then off-loaded the footy - five seconds over is ridiculous," Bellamy said.

"He's never, ever taken over a minute 30 before. He's normally pretty quick with them actually.

"On that one occasion he probably took an extra drink out of the water bottle and took an extra five seconds, 10 seconds, (and) he's going to get fined for it."

Canberra's Clinton Schifcofske became the first player to be sanctioned under the NRL's new time limit, brought in at the start of this season.

The Raiders appealed the fine but were unsuccessful.

Two players - Sydney Roosters' Craig Fitzgibbon and the Bulldogs' Hazem El Masri - exceeded the limit in round two but were let off due to extenuating circumstances.

On both occasions, the referee called time out to caution a player.

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