Andrew Johns said about the fine elbow of Felice Kaufusi that the storm back-rower “has to go and buy lottery tickets”.
Paul Galen’s two cents?
“Shouldn’t have complained.”
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The world of rugby league split on Saturday after the NRL’s match review committee fined Kaufusi $ 1800 for his elbow in the face of roster playmaker Sam Walker.
The Dolphin-bound forward has since vowed to fight the NRL lawsuit, which means he will be fined 00 2,500 if he fails in his bid.
The Melbourne forward took a hit early in the second half and Kaufusi’s right elbow hit Walker in the face, prompting the match review committee to transfer Grade-One Dangerous-Contact Charge.
Even though Kaufusi should have been fired despite the advice, Galen turned an enthusiastic 30-year-old defender.
“It’s a communication game. It’s a part of the game,” Galen said.
“Did he mean it? You know? He probably did.”
“But it’s a communication game, and I think that’s part of the game. I don’t think he should have been charged at all.”
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Galen then pointed to a moment on Sunday involving Panthers back-rower William Kikau and Knights fullback Kalin Ponga.
Kikau exploded for an early attempt through the Newcastle defense, hitting Ponga’s head with his left hand and crashing into the Knights’ co-captain Turf.
“Are you going to start pulling things like this?” Galen said.
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“I don’t think it’s a complaint,” he said.
“His elbow is on his head … It’s a communication game. I said he probably took her to the ground.”
Nine and Sydney Morning Herald journalist Michael Chamas challenged Galen.
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“Do you think he did it on purpose?” Dr. Chammas.
“Probably did,” Galen replied.
“And if he does it on purpose, isn’t that a charge?” Chammas asked.
“Does he give her an elbow while he’s on the ground?”
“I’m not saying it’s an elbow,” said Galen.
“His head was on his elbow. His head was there. It was there. He never reached down. He threw his elbow out.”
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Phil Gold has found a ridiculous way to chime in.
“Sometimes I think Paul Galen is the dumbest person I know, and then every time he comes out with such common sense and I think he should be in charge of the judiciary,” Gold said as the panel laughed.
“I can’t work him, I can’t work him. Look? I like him again now. He should be in charge of the judiciary.
“There was nothing in it.”
Kaufusi will appear in court for a video hearing on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Storm Roosters lost 26-18 to SCG and are now set to meet the Broncos in Melbourne next Friday.
Kaufusi is expected to line up for Queensland in two games in the June 26 State of Origin series.
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