Farcical scenes as crackdown mars Broncos win

The ARLC’s crackdown on high shots left such an ugly smear on the Broncos’ upset victory over the Roosters that Fox League commentator Andrew Voss called for an abacus to keep track of the outrageous number of sin-bins being dealt out.

The Broncos pulled off one of the most unlikely wins of the season in a 34-16 victory over the Roosters at the SCG, but the epic underdog victory was soured by four sin-bins and 10 reports.

Referee Peter Gough twice sent Roosters lock Victor Radley to the sin bin and placed him on report four times. Tyson Gamble also copped one sin-bin and two reports and Matt Lodge paid a visit to the bin, while Joseph Manu was reported twice and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Isaac Liu and Tom Flegler once.

Radley’s frustration boiled over to the point that he charged up on Broncos winger Xavier Coates to lay a monstrous shot in the 68th minute, igniting an all-in scuffle. Blood was spilling from his nose and he was strutting around like a madman.

“He has had enough, he has had enough, Victor!” said Broncos great Corey Parker.

Voss took a swipe at ARLC chairman Peter V’landys’ crackdown on high tackles.

“The game is allowed to be aggressive, the game is allowed to be brutal,” Voss said.

Voss was left dumbfounded when Radley was sent to the bin the first time.

“I’m staggered by that one,” Voss said.

Parker raised fears over the foul-play crackdown ruining State of Origin.

NSW and Queensland will clash in game one on June 9 and V’landys announced this week that the foul-play crackdown would be enforced on the representative stage.

“We’re a couple of weeks out from the showpiece event of our game, in Origin, and for mine, everything Victor Radley did – I was singing his praises about the effort and courage he shows. For him to get 10 minutes for that …” Parker said.

“I’ve got to say it how I see it and I loved everything about what he did there.”

Radley was a hot chance to this year make his NSW debut after missing the 2020 series due to a knee injury, but the 23-year-old is now in doubt.

The extreme action on high tackles also soured the highly anticipated NRL debut of teen sensation Joseph Suaalii, who ran out in a Roosters jumper in the top grade for the first time.

The 17-year-old racked up 121 metres, busted through three tackles and made a line-break.

The evening was also a special one for retired Roosters icon Jake Friend, who retired last month due to repeated concussion troubles.

The Tricolours formed a guard of honour for the former co-captain before the match and he walked through it holding a footy and his young child.

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