Curtis Scott suspended for not hitting Dylan Walker harder
By Roger Hermansson
The controversy surrounding Melbourne Storm youngster Curtis Scott has taken another twist in the wake of his send-off during Saturday’s fiery clash with Manly.
Scott was marched from the field for thumping serial pest Dylan Walker, who subsequently was diagnosed with a fractured eye socket.
Scott is looking at two weeks on the sidelines himself after the Match Review Committee revealed its findings from the weekend.
Manly fans were perplexed as to how Scott could cop two weeks while their own player would be missing for six.
The MRC, however, muddied the waters further by explaining that there would be no punishment whatsoever for the punch itself and that Scott’s forthcoming couple of weekends of getting paid to do nothing were because he didn’t hit Walker harder.
“We reviewed the footage and to be honest it was hard to mount a defence of Scott – you can see how easily he caved in Walker’s left eye socket, yet he missed the opportunity to do it to the right one,” said one MRC spokesman.
“Walker is a grub, everyone knows that. I had a phone call from two of his own relatives on Sunday asking why Scott wasn’t being rewarded with some sort of honorary title for punching him.
“To be honest there have been times where I’ve considered running onto the field myself and planting one on his chin, he’s got a pretty punchable melon when he starts giving lip.
“The missus had to hold me back during one game at Brookvale. I ended up hurling a full can of coke at him instead.”
In the wake of the Scott/Walker fiasco, which has also seen Api Korosau rubbed out for getting in Scott’s way as he tried to inflict further damage to Walker, the NRL appears set to change their no-punch rule.
League head honcho Todd Greenberg is believed to have approved an amendment, to be known as the “no punching unless you’re punching a noted fuckwit” clause.
“Let’s say you’re face to face with young Kalyn Ponga – great young player, humble, never done anything wrong – if you punch him, you’re a piece of shit,” Greenberg told The ARSE.
“You get suspended, and sent off, and rightly so.
“On the other hand, imagine you’re in the heat of battle, make a hard tackle and then Sam Thaiday runs faster than he has with a ball in hand for two seasons and starts pushing and shoving you.
“Realistically you should be entitled to unleash a flurry of punches and put him in a hospital bed. That’s what this rule is all about.”
It comes on the back of concern over rising head injuries in the game, with another notable example this weekend being the clash of heads between Dylan Napa and Korbin Sims in the Broncos controversial win on Friday night.
Sims was left with a broken jaw, forcing him to sit out the next month and a half of footy.
Following this, the NRL also announced it was considering making helmets mandatory a la gridiron, due to the growing concerns around concussion, among other reasons.
“We’re doing this for the future of the game. We have to think about the mums and dads of kids playing at a junior level,” Greenberg said, “None of us wants our children to suffer the trauma of having to see Paul Gallen’s face.”
Greenberg noted, however, that helmets would be prohibited for known cockheads like Walker, duly allowing others to mess up their dials if they get lippy.