Phil Gould has slammed Cameron Smith for his ugly ‘wishbone tackle’ on Kevin Proctor, saying he was lucky to get off with a one-week ban.
The Storm skipper pleaded guilty and accepted a one-match ban for a grade-two dangerous contact charge for pulling his former teammate’s leg at an awkward angle during Saturday’s win over the Gold Coast.
It’s the first time Smith has been suspended in over a decade, but ‘Gus’ isn’t happy.
Gould reckons the NRL missed a chance to stamp out the nasty technique and should have suspended Smith for at least a month.
“That should be outlawed straight away and if he gets a week it’s not enough. He should be getting four weeks just to send a message that it’s not on,” Gus told Channel Nine’s 100% Footy on Monday night.
“…He’s guilty and I think at one point in the heat of the moment he felt this is going bad that’s why he let it go.
“But when he had hold of it he thought I’m going to rip this bloke’s leg.
“Why’s he doing that? Why’s he wishboning him? He’s not trying to tackle him, he’s trying to pull his leg off the ground and pull him away.
“That wasn’t a good look. That was not what you’re taught to do.”
During his record-breaking 368-game career, Smith has regularly been accused of being a dirty player – though his rap sheet would suggest otherwise.
The last time the Queensland and Australian skipper copped a suspension was during the 2008 finals series when he missed the preliminary final against Cronulla and 40-0 grand final defeat to Manly.
His only other ban was for a dangerous throw in 2003.
Smith was adamant after the match there was no malice in the tackle, referring to his close friendship with Proctor following their nine seasons together at the Storm.