The NRL continue to come under fire over the shoulder charge issue after Issac Luke, Jorge Taufua and Aidan Guerra all escaped bans over the controversial tackle at the judiciary on Wednesday.
It was meant to be a test of the league’s new hard-line stance on the tackle but it quickly turned farcical when the panel took just 21 minutes to throw out the grade one shoulder charges against the trio.
South Sydney boss John Lee had called for the NRL to fix its new laws prior to the hearing and was an interested onlooker during the case against Rabbitohs hooker Luke.
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Lee also sat through much of the Manly winger Taufua’s case alongside former judiciary chairman Paul Conlon.
The NRL announced their intention to change the shoulder charge laws in the wake of Kane Evans’ hit on Sam Kasiano on the morning of the round 22 opener between Manly and Souths.
But it’s likely they may have to look at it again before the opening round of round 24 today – as calls for change continue to grow within the sport.