17 Mar 2009

NRL players put on notice

5:49 am on 17 March 2009

National Rugby League players have been put on notice that they're on a short leash in 2009 after the match review committee laid nine charges from the weekend's opening matches, five of them for wrestling.

The Parramatta pair Weller Hauraki and Nathan Hindmarsh are two of them charged with the new dangerous contact law, following their clash with the Warriors on saturday night.

Match review committee chairman Greg McCallum said the panel had set a new precedent under the refined guidelines for grapples after a few years of confusion as the rules "chopped and changed" and decisions were made on the run.

Hauraki was charged for unnecessary head or neck contact while Hindmarsh was charged for 'chicken wing' style tackles by applying unnecessary pressure to the arm or shoulder.

Meanwhile the Warriors rugby league side has confirmed utility Lance Hohaia and second rower Ben Matulino will miss this weekend's game against Manly due to injury.