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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

League great hammers 'disgrace' Smith


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Manly legend Max Krilich has taken a shot at Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith, claiming the NRL great manipulates referees who are too scared to take action against the 400-gamer.

The Sea Eagles great had a storied career that included appearances for NSW and Australia during a 13-year career.

The former hooker took aim at the game's whistle-blowers for not having enough guts to stand up to the Storm legend's tactics, ahead of Manly's clash with Melbourne this weekend.

“Cameron comes in as the third tackler and is then the last man up. He slows it up to perfection — he’s the master,” Krilich told News Corp.

“He is third man in, rolling all over the ball. This has gone on for many years.

Cameron Smith notches his 400th NRL game

“What he does isn’t in the spirit of the game — it’s not right — and he is getting away with it.

The Manly great said Smith's standing in the game makes it difficult for the officials to challenge Smith.

“He will stand there and complain and the referees will say: ‘Oh, c’mon, Cameron’. It’s just not on. They’ve got to be tough.

“The referees are scared to penalise him and it seems everything he does is squeaky clean. We need the referees to toughen up. I have no doubt the referees are very intimidated by him.

“They are scared of him and it’s a disgrace.”

Des Hasler

The Sea Eagles have been on a roll after Des Hasler's return to the club, with the Silvertails flying to fifth on the NRL ladder. Manly demolished Parramatta on the weekend but Melbourne's dominance on the ground will be difficult to counter with their expertise in the wrestle.

“There are 15 other teams in the competition but every time they go to Melbourne they are behind the eight-ball,” Krilich said.

“To be brutally honest, Melbourne are the kings of wrestle. They strangle games and have made it an art form and they are ruining the game of rugby league by wrestling.

“For many years, Melbourne has had a leg-up and we have to put a stop to it. People ask me how he is allowed to get away with it and I say ‘Because he’s Cameron Smith.’ He is allowed to do whatever he wants.

“But, look, Cameron is doing the best for his side and he’s getting away with it. That’s the sad fact and the NRL have let it happen. They need referees to stand up. Melbourne always has three in tackles and Smith is always last man up, flop tackles.

“Smith is a fantastic player and he is doing his best for the team. He is as good as any other player in the competition so if he can get away with it, then good on him.”

Manly legend Max Krilich has taken a shot at Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith, claiming the NRL great manipulates referees who are too scared to take action against the 400-gamer.

The Sea Eagles great had a storied career that included appearances for NSW and Australia during a 13-year career.

The former hooker took aim at the game's whistle-blowers for not having enough guts to stand up to the Storm legend's tactics, ahead of Manly's clash with Melbourne this weekend.

“Cameron comes in as the third tackler and is then the last man up. He slows it up to perfection — he’s the master,” Krilich told News Corp.

“He is third man in, rolling all over the ball. This has gone on for many years.

Cameron Smith notches his 400th NRL game

“What he does isn’t in the spirit of the game — it’s not right — and he is getting away with it.

The Manly great said Smith's standing in the game makes it difficult for the officials to challenge Smith.

“He will stand there and complain and the referees will say: ‘Oh, c’mon, Cameron’. It’s just not on. They’ve got to be tough.

“The referees are scared to penalise him and it seems everything he does is squeaky clean. We need the referees to toughen up. I have no doubt the referees are very intimidated by him.

“They are scared of him and it’s a disgrace.”

Des Hasler

The Sea Eagles have been on a roll after Des Hasler's return to the club, with the Silvertails flying to fifth on the NRL ladder. Manly demolished Parramatta on the weekend but Melbourne's dominance on the ground will be difficult to counter with their expertise in the wrestle.

“There are 15 other teams in the competition but every time they go to Melbourne they are behind the eight-ball,” Krilich said.

“To be brutally honest, Melbourne are the kings of wrestle. They strangle games and have made it an art form and they are ruining the game of rugby league by wrestling.

“For many years, Melbourne has had a leg-up and we have to put a stop to it. People ask me how he is allowed to get away with it and I say ‘Because he’s Cameron Smith.’ He is allowed to do whatever he wants.

“But, look, Cameron is doing the best for his side and he’s getting away with it. That’s the sad fact and the NRL have let it happen. They need referees to stand up. Melbourne always has three in tackles and Smith is always last man up, flop tackles.

“Smith is a fantastic player and he is doing his best for the team. He is as good as any other player in the competition so if he can get away with it, then good on him.”

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