Experts give polar opposite views on Lawton’s tackle

It’s sometimes difficult to follow rugby league on TV. There is a wide range of views available, all offered by both panels and experts.

That said, it’s hard to remember a time when commentators were so divided over a single decision as after last night’s red card, shown to Manly’s Karl Lawton after his spear tackle on the captain of South Sydney, Cam Murray.

If you watched Fox League, it was a pretty straightforward send off. Michael Ennis was on the call at the time, telling lead commentator Dan Ginnane:

“It’s very, very dangerous. It was a bad one. He’s up and under, falls low but it’s that last lifting move where he flips him almost at the last minute.

Murray (was) lucky not to be injured. I’m not surprised (at the decision).

Greg Alexander, chatting at half-time, said the referees had it all figured out.

“I thought it was an eviction offence. We’ve had players place players in positions and it’s the tackle we want to eliminate.

“Players who put a player in an awkward position don’t continue like that, and Karl Lawton pushed him to the ground headfirst.

“Cameron Murray twisted his head and landed on his shoulder, but it could have been a little different. I have no objection to it being a send off.

If you were on the free cover, apparently airing from 1981, you would have heard the opposite of Phil Gould

“No one is hurt, everyone is fine,” he said. “Settling down. He doesn’t need a spell. To be sent off for that, when there’s no player injury, I find that extraordinary…if that’s your product, I ‘abandoned.

New South Wales Blues manager Brad Fittler, sidelined for 9 years, added: “

“I support Gus. I didn’t think at any time that it deserved a departure.

“You see a lot of these players get into this situation and they’re going to put their heads down…I thought it could have been a lot worse and I really can’t believe he’s going past me on the sidelines.”

The judiciary was clearly watching Fox League: Lawton will be out for a minimum of a month after the tackle, which was classified as a level three dangerous throw.

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