6 May 2009

Judiciary-bound Luke gets no support from Aussies

7:07 am on 6 May 2009

The Australian hooker Cameron Smith knows what it's like to be miss a vital rugby league match because of the judiciary but that doesn't mean he'll go to bat for his anxious New Zealand counterpart Issac Luke.

Luke will defend a striking charge tonight and will miss of Friday's Anzac Test if unsuccessful while Smith missed last year's grand final because of grapple tackle.

Luke, a key member of the Kiwis World Cup wining squad, will fly to Sydney today to fight the grade one charge sustained against Gold Coast Test forward Anthony Laffranchi on Saturday.

Smith is reluctant to talk about Luke's plight or the fairness of him missing a Test on such a low grade charge after his own comments last year got him into trouble with officials.

But he says he wouldn't wish the same situation on anyone coming into a big match.

Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney said he had only caught a glimpse of the incident but says there didn't seem too much in it.

Under the current rules, Test matches along with Origins and grand finals count in any suspensions incurred by players in the NRL which many believe is too harsh.

The Kiwis, who have already lost forward Frank Pritchard, flew Tigers utility Dean Halatau to Brisbane yesterday as insurance.