Robinson’s Radley wake-up call after loss

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson admits lock Victor Radley will have to adjust his physical approach to the game after he was sent to the sin bin twice and placed on report four times during the Tricolours’ 34-16 loss to Brisbane.

It was a busy night for referee Peter Gough, who not only had to deal with Radley on four separate occasions, but also Broncos pair Tyson Gamble and Matt Lodge, who both had individual stints in the sin bin.

In the case of Radley, the 23-year-old had blood pouring from his nose in the 68th minute after a monstrous shot on Broncos winger Xavier Coates ignited a minor scuffle, which was one of the incidents he was placed on report for.

While the NRL world remains divided on the league’s crackdown on high and dangerous shots, Radley, who’s considered a hot chance to make his Origin debut this year, is now likely to miss out on making an appearance in Game I on June 9.

After his team’s loss, Robinson was asked about Radley’s eventful match and admitted he would need to adjust his level of physicality to the NRL’s new standards.

“As far as I know they aren’t changing, so he is going to have to get it in check,” Robinson said.

“It’s hard for those guys that want to create a physical contest.”

Robinson said it’s up to the players to find the balance between playing physical and not going too high with tackles.

“I think it is just trying to work out how to be physical in this game and you just can’t go that high. You have just got to make sure you get it lower.

“I don’t think it was intentional, obviously on any of those, but there were maybe four penalties for high tackles. It is hard for those guys who want to create a physical contest.”

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