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Melbourne Storm chairman Matt Tripp unloads on arrogance of Penrith Panthers over Greg Alexander’s wrestling allegations

“When you think about the quantity of supporters and members now we have, and the eyeballs we appeal to in broadcast, [would that happen] if we performed an unpleasant and unlawful model of footy?

“To counsel that we do is each unfounded and incorrect.”

‘To make unfounded and silly feedback … simply goes to the vanity of that membership and their perceived standing within the sport in the meanwhile.’

Storm co-owner Matt Tripp on the Panthers

Talking on air on Friday, Alexander stated: “I believe historical past exhibits – and it’s not a stretch for me to leap to a Melbourne Storm conclusion – that the grapple, the hen wing, the rolling pin, the crusher, the hip drop, I believe all of them emanate out of Melbourne.”

Tripp believes the feedback had been timed for optimum impact; to affect referees earlier than the large season-ending video games.

“The timing for him couldn’t be higher,” Tripp stated. “It’s per week out from taking part in one in every of his greatest threats within the competitors, and now he has come out to throw rocks at them. If that’s not abusing your place of energy, I don’t know what’s.

“He will get paid to have an opinion, to supply garbage clickbait, and he’s finished an excellent job of that on this event by making a stir over one thing that isn’t true.

“In a paid job once you make silly feedback like that, you need to be held accountable.”

Storm hooker Brandon Smith escaped suspension for a hip-drop deal with on Gold Coast’s Tino Fa’asuamaleaui on Friday evening. Taking part in his first sport again from a three-match suspension for referee dissent, Smith was positioned on report for the deal with during the win however was permitted to stay on the sector.

Not like most hip drops, Smith was the second man into the deal with, not the third, and appeared to slip onto Fa’asuamaleaui’s legs slightly than make a concerted effort to deal with them.

Fa’asuamaleaui left the sector after the deal with however later returned to play. The match evaluate committee imposed a grade-one harmful contact cost, which carries a $1800 tremendous if Smith takes an early plea.


Smith’s deal with comes after per week of headlines regarding hip-drop tackles, which have the potential to trigger critical leg accidents. Brisbane’s Patrick Carrigan was referred on to the judiciary and banned for 4 weeks for a hip-drop deal with that broke Jackson Hastings’ fibula in a loss to the Wests Tigers.

With AAP

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