Zorba's Zone: Ban shoulder charges

Peter Peters July 30, 2012, 6:48 pm


I played in the brutal 1973 grand final and saw things that should never have been allowed on a football field.

But I don't think I've ever felt as ill as I did watching Dean Young lie motionless on the ANZ Stadium turf last Saturday night.

I really feared the worst for him after that sickening collision with Souths star Greg Inglis.

As the medicab took Dean from the ground, the cameras flashed on his father Craig.

I can only imagine what was going through his mind.

'Albert' was one of the toughest front-rowers the game has seen but he was visibly upset and naturally concerned for his boy's wellbeing.

He later declared a player could end up in a wheelchair if the shoulder charge was not banned.

I can't disagree with him. My mind has been changed forever on the shoulder charge following Dean's injury.

The tackle should be banned, effective immediately, before someone is seriously hurt.

If I was the ARLC, I'd be sending a letter to every club today informing them of the rule change.

We can't afford to wait another day, another game, another round.

Every single doctor in the game wants shoulder charges banned and who are we to argue with professionals who deal with concussion cases each and every weekend?

With good reason, the docs argue we have no way of knowing how these hits will impact players five, 10, 15, 30 years from now.

We've seen cases in American football where the lives of concussion victims have taken a dramatic turn for the worse decades after their retirements.

We can't take the chance of it happening in rugby league.

Players have predictably come out in defence of the shoulder charge and want it to stay in the game.

They fear being labelled soft but they shouldn't worry - rugby league is the most physical and toughest code of the lot and that won't change if the shoulder charge is eradicated.

As for Inglis, I don't see why he needs it in his game.

He is the best player in the NRL at the moment and doesn't have to go around proving how tough he is.

If I was Michael Maguire, I'd be telling GI to take it easy on the big hits and just concentrate on terrorising opposition defences.

Can Souths win without Inglis? That's the big question for the next few weeks.

They will probably get over the injury-hit Tigers on Sunday but may struggle a little after that.

My other round 21 winners are: Dragons, Titans, Bulldogs, Sea Eagles, Sharks, Raiders, Broncos.

See you next week.

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  3. phill03:32pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who's this nudist freak ????? #$%$ off this is a league site not for freaks like u and yes the shoulder charge has to go its not needed at all play the game with skill not as thugs

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  4. terri12:57pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    leave the shoulder charge in the game. there have been some brilliant shoulder charges that havent injure the other player. however it is a grey area. i dont have a problem with them unless they come in contact with the head. what was sickening of the greg inglis incident wasnt the shoulder charge it was the rising forearm that went with it.

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