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Try as we might as NRL onlookers, the judiciary can’t escape our collective bewilderment. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves grinds his forearm into a rookie forward’s face. That’s a grade-one charge. Nelson Asofa-Solomona drops his elbow into a tackled player’s head with such force that his opponent’s teeth are cracked. No sin bin, send-off or charge. Josh King gropes at the face of a Warrior in almost a mirror image of an incident that prompted a five-week ban the previous round. Nothing. Patrick Carrigan wrenches Jackson Hastings back in a three-man tackle in such a way that his leg snaps.
David Klemmer should "absolutely" have come off when directed during the Knights loss to the Bulldogs last week, according to Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns.
Klemmer has been left out of the Knights squad to take on the Tigers in Campbelltown on Sunday afternoon after he gave a trainer a gobful and refused to come off the park for a substitution.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports' Freddy and the Eighth, Fittler said he had never had the situation arise while he's been coaching, and if it did, he would "make a stand".
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"That's your job - your job is to coach, and the players are to listen and do their best under that guidance," he said.
He said it was "absolutely" a droppable offense.
Andrew Johns agreed, saying players have to "put the team first". © Getty David Klemmer. Photo: Ashley Feder
Just a day earlier on his podcast Six Tackles with Gus, Phil Gould said he believed there was more to the story, and that it wouldn't be uncommon for a senior player to refuse to come off.
"I don't know how many occasions where it wouldn't be the case that you ask someone to come off the field - particularly a senior player - and he says, 'No go away'. (He) certainly wouldn't be the first trainer to cop a gobful off a player," he said.
"I don't want to put words in (the Knights') mouth, but I can only imagine there's more to this. It's not just because he didn't come off the field or he had words with a trainer, I mean that's not uncommon at all."
Reynolds' disbelief at 'joke' Klemmer situation
Former Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds said there had to be more to the situation involving his old teammate David Klemmer.The fiery prop was handed a breach notice by the club for failing to come off the field when directed to leave by trainer Hayden Knowles in Sunday's loss to Canterbury.
On Thursday it was revealed that the Knights trainer who copped the abuse from Klemmer, Hayden Knowles, had made a complaint to HR, which had triggered a policy that forced the club to stand Klemmer down.
The Knights are owned by the Wests Group and followed the company policy in standing down Klemmer as a result of the formal complaint.
According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, that policy is now being revisited, with the combative nature of rugby league potentially putting it at odds with HR policy that is designed to protect hospitality staff.
The reported stated that the Rugby League Players Association and Klemmer's management were working with the Knights to have him reinstated and able to return to training ASAP.
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'We got steamrolled': Arthur bemoans pathetic Parra pack as Souths nil Eels and leapfrog them on the ladder .
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur bemoaned another forward battering after South Sydney ‘steamrolled’ through his team en route to a crushing 26-0 win. Cody Walker scored a hat trick, but the platform was laid by a pack that dominated from the first minute. The Eels’ cons “We got steamrolled,” said Arthur. “Right from the start, physically we were off the pace through the middle. From the first kick off they rolled 60m. “We didn’t go to the contest physically, they rolled us too easily and bounced out of tackles. Six tackles turned into sets of ten or eleven each time. That really hurt us. “We lacked physicality.