Published by Mark St John, 9 September 2018 on foxsports.com.au
THE Roosters could be without Latrell Mitchell for their preliminary final, after he was charged by the match review committee for his crusher tackle on Josh Dugan.
Mitchell was hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge with a base penalty of 100 points and he has 75 carry over points from his cannonball tackle on Clint Gutherson.
Mitchell would have to fight the charge and get off if he hopes to play in the preliminary final, with an early guilty plea set to rule him out for one match.
Gorden Tallis believes Mitchell’s tackle on Dugan is equal to the hit that cost Will Chambers a three-game suspension.
Mitchell appeared to give Dugan a crusher tackle in the second half of the Roosters’ 21-12 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
“We saw will Chambers get three weeks, well that’s equal,” Tallis said of Mitchell’s tackle on Triple M.
“We had wrestling training when I was playing and I think what has increased is guys potentially trying to hurt someone.
“When they drop off their feet, that is putting every bit of pressure on them.
“No matter what happens if you throw a punch, whether it is a right hand or a left hook it is still a punch.
“When you drop off your body weight and drop down on top of their neck, I think you are trying to hurt the guy.”
Tallis also thought that Mitchell’s tackle may have even been worse than Chambers’ tackle on Jarryd Hayne in some ways.
“The way he locked the neck in compared to Chambers’ tackle, Hayne’s neck wasn’t locked in like in the Dugan tackle,” Tallis said.
“It’s not a good look and until they clamp down on it because it happened two weeks ago and the message is not getting across.
“Until they come down harder, they are going to keep on doing it.”
Mitchell has 75 carry over points from a cannon ball tackle on Clint Gutherson, meaning a an early guilty plea will automatically mean a one week suspension at least.