THE VERDICT: Fox League experts assess EVERY sin bin and send off from Magic Round
14 sin bins and three send offs were the result of a strong crackdown by the NRL on headhigh contact as well as repeated ruck infringements.
ARLC chair Peter Vlandys has backed the governing bodys move, although there has also been heavy criticism of the role previous rule changes played in a bid to speed up the game.
The NRL has come down hard with the Dragons decimated while a Raiders trio have accepted bans.
Here Fox Leagues experts offer their verdict on every sin bin and send off from the weekend.
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Storm lose star, but pump Dragons | 03:39
TIGERS VS KNIGHTS
The Tigers forward held onto Connor Watson for too long after being told to move by Atkins, who described it as strategic.
The Fox League commentary team was in agreement on this one.
Andrew Voss: Weve been warned, youre defending close to the line, you dont need to get a warning. Referees with a feel for the game.
Braith Anasta: Thats fair. Tex Hoy paid the price in the first half for similar.
This was quite straightforward and in keeping with the three previous sin-bin calls during the game.
Mbye stayed on Daniel Saifiti well after Atkins yelled release and with a few seconds on the clock it was clearly strategic.
Hoy was the first to be binned after the Knights were punished for repeated infringements.
Referee Grant Atkins said Newcastle had given away three six-agains in the space of 90 seconds with Hoys slow release the latest.
You know you are deliberately breaking it down Atkins added and the Fox League experts agreed.
Andrew Voss: The feel for the game. That is deliberate, they are both inside the 20-metre zone. Youre gone.
Joe Ofahengaue took a quick tap and Fitzgibbon held on too long.
Having conceded back-to-back penalties, the Knights were asking for further punishment from Atkins.
ON REPORT: Mitch Barnett, Kurt Mann
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SEA EAGLES VS BRONCOS
Once again there were no arguments after Josh Schuster held onto Tyson Gamble for too long.
Lachlan Croker was also pinged late for not releasing quickly enough from a tackle on Corey Oates. Gerard Sutton clearly told him to move but he insisted on staying put.
Gamble was sent to the bin for a high shot on Reuben Garrick.
It was ruled forceful, headhigh contact to the head and both Michael Ennis and Dan Ginnane agreed it warranted a 10-minute stint on the sidelines.
Both pointed out the fact Gamble came under scrutiny for a high tackle earlier in the game.
Michael Ennis: Hes had a couple here this evening. Not a lot in it but the contact is high, the shoulder hits the head. They want it out of the game.
Dan Ginnane: The second reportable offence from Gamble remember.
There was more of a consensus on the incident that saw Riki also sent to the bin.
The Broncos forward appeared to lead with the head at Morgan Harper and Ennis, while admitting it isnt the game I played was firm that Riki deserved his punishment.
Michael Ennis: Jordan Riki, it was what weve seen for a long time but as youve seen theres a clear directive to get any sort of contact with the head out of the game. If its contact with the head its contact with the head. It isnt the game Corey and I played. Its changed, and changed quickly. The directive is that they dont want contact with the head. It is what it is. Whether we like it or not, whether its the game we played. Theres an argument there. Its unnecessary use of the head. He is in some strife here.
ON REPORT: Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Junior, Tyson Gamble, Jordan Riki
Bronco lands headbutt, gets binned | 00:43
BULLDOGS VS RAIDERS
Wighton was binned for clear contact at the knee of Adam Elliott and there were no complaints from the Fox League experts.
Warren Smith: Theres no doubt the contact was straight on the knee, there was no hip contact and dropping down. Elliott knew he was in trouble straight away and its an ugly one.
Papalii became the first to be sent off under the new crackdown for high contact on Bulldogs winger Tui Katoa.
Michael Ennis: When someone changes their body position in a split second it is hard to time it and Papalii got it wrong. At the end of the day they are trying to get rid of head contact and it certainly hit him in the head. I think it is the right call.
ON REPORT: Jack Wighton, Josh Papalii, Josh Hodgson, Ava Sumanufagai
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Wighton binned, Papalii SENT for tackles | 01:05
SHARKS VS RABBITOHS
There was some conjecture surrounding the sin binning of Jaydn SuA for his hit on Aaron Woods.
Braith Anasta: That is soft. That is not 10 minutes in the bin.
As the weekend went on though it became clear it was consistent with other decisions.
ON REPORT: Chad Townsend, Dane Gagai, Briton Nikora
‘That is not even a crusher!’ | 00:49
ROOSTERS VS COWBOYS
The consistent approach towards the crackdown had the Fox League experts agreeing Sitili Tupouniua was deserving of being sent to the bin for high contact on Lachlan Burr.
ANDREW VOSS: This is sin bin. It is on the careless side. Aim lower. He did not need to go as high as he did.
GREG ALEXANDER: I go back to last night. Tyson Gamble was sent to the bin. Anything that makes contact to the head youve got to be sitting on the sideline, get 10 minutes. That was not accidental, that was lazy.
The decision to send Burr to the bin was definitely the most contentious of the weekend as James Tedesco appeared to be falling as contact was made.
ANDREW VOSS: Theyre [referees] not to play match review committee, theyre not to look at player falling, theyre not meant to look if the arm bounced off the chest to the head.
GREG ALEXANDER: Contact with the head. Im feeling a little unfortunate for Lachlan Burr. He couldnt get out of the road, he was coming in to make the tackle. You wont be able to help those type of situations. Collisions happen and when players are down low you cant help but make contact with the head.
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STORM VS DRAGONS
Referee Peter Gough initially said McGuire had made indirect contact with the chest which then bounced up.
The Bunker then interjected, ruling there was direct contact to head with force on Justin Olam.
GREG ALEXANDER: There is no room for error and the onus is on the defender and players need to drop their arms it is as simple as that.
ANDREW VOSS: I do need to point out the Bunker are looking at more than the replays you see at home. They can look at multiple angles.
Fuimaono collected Ryan Papenhuyzen high in a shot that clearly warranted a send off.
ANDREW VOSS: Based on what we have seen this weekend it is sin bin minimum, but we are talking send-off we believe.
GREG ALEXANDER: Im sure it will be a send-off. For a player to be down like that it comes into account because the injury to a player always comes into account when the referees are making up their minds. We have just seen Josh McGuire go to the bin for 10 minutes for something not nearly as bad as that. He has hit him flush on the chin.
ON REPORT: Mikaele Ravalawa, Josh McGuire
Fuimaono high shot ends Paps’ day | 01:07
TITANS VS PANTHERS
Leota threw a lazy arm around Jamal Fogartys neck. It was late and direct, high contact that was an obvious sin bin.
WARREN SMITH: Contact on the kicker is around the neck. No question about it.
COOPER CRONK: This is definitely going to be looked at. That is lazy, that is silly. He did not have to do that at all.
Titans forward Herman Eseese was sent off for a high shot on Brian Too and there were claims it would have been the same decision even before the crackdown.
GORDEN TALLIS: that probably was a send off even when I was playing.
WARREN SMITH: When you come out of the line like that, the margin for error is so small.
COOPER CRONK: Considering this has been in since Friday night, Herman Eseese has seen seven games go before (his), seen the reports, seen the sin bins and send offs weve had this weekend, you need to steady your feet. He was off-side to started with, flies out of the line I like the intention but had to steady his feet. To leave his arm out there lazy and makes contact with Toos head, what else does a referee have to do but to send him from the field?
ON REPORT: Tyrone Peachey, Jaimin Jolliffe, Liam Martin, Scott Sorensen
Ese’ese SENT for brutal high shot | 01:10