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Myles: Crackdown set to change league

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GOLD COAST - Gold Coast enforcer Nate Myles believes NRL players will need to further revise tackling techniques in the wake of the competition's continued crackdown on lifting tackles.

Greg Bird is the most notable of three players facing multiple-week bans for dangerous throws from last weekend's action, with his entire State of Origin campaign in jeopardy.

Bird was placed on report for a lifting tackle on South Sydney's Bryson Goodwin midway through the second-half of the Titan's 40-18 loss last Saturday.

His club confirmed yesterday they were challenging the grading in a bid to reduce any ban to two matches but Bird is facing a six-week ban if the grade three charge is upheld by the judiciary.

Souths' Koroisau Apisai and Melbourne's Ben Hampton are both facing two to three games out after copping grade two dangerous throw charges.

The heavy punishments come in the wake of new regulations put in place following Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon's spinal injury earlier this year.

Storm forward Jordan McLean was given a seven-game ban for his part in the three-man tackle against McKinnon.

Myles believes that incident had put players on notice but even more consideration will need to be taken when going into stop an opposing player.

"There's some big boys getting around on the field now and there's a lot of power throughout them blokes. It's going to be difficult to keep away from them situations," he said.

"The physicality of the game is probably going to change a little bit. I don't think you get rewarded for having the skill of being able to do some of them things.

"To take a bigger bloke front on and to bend your back, I think we're sort of moving away from that now."


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