St George Illawarra Dragons veteran James Graham has called for the NRL judiciary system to be scrapped.
It comes after a busy Tuesday night sitting with three cases where Roosters star Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was the only man cleared to play in the finals.
Canterbury great James Ennis went so far to label this year’s judiciary and match review committee as the “worst ever.”
Graham pleaded for consistency moving forward.
“As a player, and as a fan, you want consistency,” Graham told NRL 360.
“There’s a call for an overhaul but do we even need a judiciary or do we just have them say that’s foul play you’re banned for one game, you’re banned for two games and you don’t get a right to defend yourself.”
“It would definitely take away this ongoing cycle of will-they-or-won’t-they-get-banned.
“Because I think it just looks a little embarrassing when players get charged and they end up getting off.”
Ennis disagreed with the decision to clear Waerea-Hargreaves to play.
“The system needs to be ‘risolled’ completely. It’s been awful. It’s been the worst year,” Ennis said.
“For a grade-one [charge] you’ve barely got to touch the bloke in the head, Jared [Waerea-Hargreaves] knocked him cold and got off.
“Sam Burgess knocks Matt Moylan out cold [earlier in the year] and gets a fine … then Sam is pulling hair and missing a semi-final.”
The biggest talking point of the night was Canberra forward Hudson Young, who copped an eight-match ban for making dangerous contact on Warriors centre Adam Pompey’s eyes.