20 Jun 2014

Manly seething after Watmough ban

5:11 pm on 20 June 2014

The Manly coach Geoff Toovey has criticised the New South Wales Rugby League for leaving the club stranded at Anthony Watmough's judiciary hearing while they celebrated at the pub.

Watmough was charged with a dangerous throw charge in the Blues' State of Origin win on Wednesday night, and will now miss four NRL matches after failing to get the charge downgraded.

Even for incidents arising from Origin, it's the clubs who are left to race the clock organising a case and to foot the bill for legal representation.

Toovey was left seething that no one from NSW even bothered to show up and support Watmough particularly when it's Manly who pay the price on the field and financially.

Manly are frustrated that Watmough's been suspended for a month, when New South Wales five-eighth Josh Reynolds escaped a any punishment for a similar lifting tackle in Origin I.

Toovey says the inconsistency of the judiciary's rulings on dangerous tackles this year has been poor.