The NRL will consider scrapping the shoulder load precedent allowing Billy Slater to play in the 2018 grand finale after St George Illawarra & Matt Dufty was acquitted of a similar weekend incident.
NRL football head Graham Annesley supported the contest committee's call not to quote Dufty despite the howl of protest from some commentators and fans after his controversial shoulder accusation in the NRL clash with Penrith on Friday.
Dufty prevented what seemed to be a certain Brent Naden-four-pointer during the 40-18 banging of the Dragons of the Panthers when he brought him into contact with a sideways shoulder hump.
The dragon defender was penalized, but the referees refused to award a penalty try and he was not charged by the competition assessment committee.
But Annesley said the MRC was right in his interpretation, and said it was similar to the notorious Slater shoulder charge on Cronulla & Sosaia Feki for which the Melbourne star was blamed and found guilty in the run-up to the big one last year's final.
Annesley said the Dufty hit a & # 39; lightning strike & # 39; was instead of a traditional shoulder party on the front.
However, he expressed concern about similar examples and said that the rules could be reassessed at the end of the year.
"I would not come to the conclusion that that type of equipment will necessarily be banned," Annesley said.
"It is a final attempt to deter a player from scoring a try.
"But I do think that when we begin to see a certain pattern, we just have to review it and see if we feel comfortable. And I think we will do it again this year."
Annesley also pointed out that the match assessment committee had the option to charge a player with dangerous contact if it does not meet the criteria for a shoulder attack.
He also insisted that his whistleblowers were right when Sydney Rooster's back-rower Nat Butcher received a controversial attempt in his big win over Newcastle despite the appearance of a knock-on.
After Butcher had made a short kick-off, the ball bounced out of Butcher's hands toward the knights in the goal before scooping it up and trying a point away.
But Annesley said that Butcher's ball bounced backwards on his thigh and then forward.
"If you look at the left arm, it initially hits it back and then the ball goes from those hands to the right thigh," Annesley said.
"Then bounces from the right thigh back to the goal line of the opponent. The ball that bounces against the thigh is not a knock.
"When I was watching the game live, I thought it was a domino.
"But if you look at it better, it has gotten out of hand. We think it was a legitimate attempt."