A seething James Tedesco voiced an extraordinary accusation to referee Adam Gee when Victor Radley was marched to the sin bin on Tuesday afternoon.

Roosters lock Radley and Dragons prop Michael Molo collided in a tackle in the 64th minute of the Anzac Day match, in which the Tricolours prevailed in a 27-26 thriller on the back of a Luke Keary field goal.

The referee and Tedesco were at odds over what happened in the collision, with the whistleblower arguing that Radley had caught Molo high with his right shoulder as the Roosters captain insisted they had only clashed heads.


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Not only did the referee award the Dragons a penalty and place Radley on report, he sent the England international to the sin bin for a third time in three games.

It meant the Roosters, who were level with the Dragons at 26-26, would have to play with one less man for the next 10 minutes, but the immediate concern of Tedesco was whether Radley had become a victim of his rap sheet.

“If that was anyone else…” Tedesco fumed as the referee butted in.

“No mate, we’re not going down that path,” the official shot back.

In Nine’s commentary box, Andrew Johns backed up Tedesco and Radley.

”What’s he supposed to do there?” the eighth Immortal said.

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“He hits and spins. If anything it is Molo who causes the head clash because he hits and props and twists.”

Roosters coach Trent Robinson condemned the sin-bin call in his press conference.

“The angles that I just went and had a look at over and over again, I see the head clash,” Robinson said.

“You know, (from) those shots I didn’t see any shoulder contact, but I know there’s more angles.

“So Rads was adamant that it was head on head, you see where the head contact is.

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“But yeah, unless they show more angles there. Then I can only go on what I’ve seen so far.

“I think Victor gets treated differently, just because of the the aggression that he plays with.”

Radley was rattled when asked about the sin bin on the Fox League coverage.

“I’m all over the shop personally,” Radley said.

“I was losing my mind in the sheds there.

“It was a head clash.

“I don’t know who made that decision. Shit decision. Sorry.

“But for the boys to win … We shouldn’t have been in that position but we were, and Keary nailed it in the end and we hung on there in the end.

“But I’m all over the shop, my head’s gone, I’m lost.

“It was a head clash, it was sweet, but for me to get 10 in the bin for that … I don’t know, mate.

“I’m all over the shop at the end of the game.

“I’m so happy we won. If we lost I would have been even worse. It’s really tough. I don’t know what they see in that, but it was a head clash, but whatever.”

In chaotic scenes at Allianz Stadium, the Tricolours managed to prevent St George Illawarra from scoring while Radley watched from the sideline.

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And only several seconds after the firebrand forward lumbered back onto the paddock, Keary received a pass from Joey Manu and nailed a field goal from about 26 metres out, giving the Roosters their game-winning 27-26 lead.

After trailing 20-12 at half-time, the Dragons stormed back with three tries in just eight minutes to lock up the scoreline at 26-26.

Dragons flyer Tautau Moga had a prolific day on the right wing, crossing for a hat-trick.

But the fightback ultimately fell short as defeat heaped more pressure on Anthony Griffin, who’s all but certain to not be coaching the Dragons beyond this season.

The Roosters will face the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium next Sunday, before the Dragons meet the Bulldogs in Wollongong later in the afternoon.

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Roosters star Victor Radley has avoided a suspension after the judiciary opted to hand him a fine for a hit on Cameron Munster that left his coach fuming.

Radley was sin binned by referee Ashley Klein after rushing out of his defensive line to put pressure on Munster in the Storm’s 28-8 win over the Roosters, but ended up putting his shoulder into Munster well after the Storm star had passed the ball.

The Roosters enforcer was heavily criticised for the play, with league greats Andrew Johns and Billy Slater not impressed.

“You can’t do that. That was late. It’s just silly,” Johns said on Nine’s NRL coverage

“You see Munster passes, (then) he relaxes.”

”He’s lucky it was just 10 minutes in the bin,” Slater added.

“That was really late and there was no attempt to tackle.”

Despite the criticism of both Johns and Slater and his own coach Trent Robinson, Radley can accept a $3000 fine with an early plea after the hit on Munster was graded as a grade 1 dangerous contact charge.

He risks a two match suspension if he chooses to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was “very frustrated” but refused to publicly lambast firebrand star Victor Radley for a costly mistake that helped Melbourne to a big win.

The Storm ran out 28-8 victors at AAMI Park on Thursday night, but the runaway began when the Chooks were in front 8-6 midway through the first half.

Radley rushed out of the defensive line to put pressure on opposition five-eighth Cameron Munster, but ended up putting the shoulder into his opponent well after the latter had passed the ball.

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Radley was rightly sin-binned by referee Ashley Klein for what Cameron Smith labelled a “lazy” play.

“You can’t do that. That was late. It’s just silly,” Andrew Johns said on Nine.

“You see Munster passes, (then) he relaxes.”

Melbourne great Billy Slater reckoned it could have warranted a send off.

”He’s lucky it was just 10 minutes in the bin,” Slater said.

“That was really late and there was no attempt to tackle.”

His Chooks were leading 8-6, but in the time the feisty lock was off the field Melbourne struck twice, through Nick Meaney and then Munster.

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Meaney converted both tries and by the time Radley’s punishment was up, the Storm led 18-8.

Radley cut a dejected figure when Nine’s cameras spied him in the dressing rooms at half time.

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“I think the Roosters will be frustrated. He threw a forward pass just before this,” Brad Fittler said.

After the game – which the Roosters lost badly – Robinson was asked if the sin-bin frustrated him.

“Very. Really frustrated,” Robinson said.

“We got some things (sent) out this week from the NRL… you can’t do that. If that happened to (Luke Keary) I would be really frustrated.

“It wasn’t necessary. And it wasn’t the end of the world at the same time.”

Robinson was given the chance to give Radley a public smack-down, but the coach opted to instead back his player.

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Radley has a history of foul play which has landed him several sin-bins and suspensions in the past.

“I want him to fix it, but not dwell on it,” Robinson said.

“He’s made some really good progressions this year, so he’s not going to go back to zero on the stuff that he’s got under control.

“He’s playing good minutes, he’s got good time, he has good vision of play.

“He made a mistake there, but we won’t dwell on it for too long.”

The Roosters play the Sharks next week, while the Storm travel north for the famed Battle of Brookvale against Manly

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South Sydney believes an illegal hip-drop tackle was responsible for the foot injury that will see Shaquai Mitchell sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Mitchell was hurt in the 41st minute of the match on Friday night, and was on crutches after the 20-18 loss to the Roosters.

Scans on Monday confirmed a lisfranc injury.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Rabbitohs were furious that Victor Radley was not cited over the tackle, which saw him land on the back of Mitchell’s legs.

“I don’t know what a textbook hip-drop tackle is, but that looked like one,” Mitchell’s teammate Damien Cook told the Herald.

“Sitting on the back of someone’s ankles and putting them in a bad position doesn’t help.

“The game needs to crack down on it straight away to prevent any more injuries for any team. Victor is a competitor, he wants to stop that player and bring him to the ground by any means necessary. It’s something we all need to have coached out of us.

“Shaq left the game in a moonboot and on crutches, which is never good. It’s pretty devastating for him because he had a great pre-season, and we’ve all heard a little bit about his story recently, and where he’s come from. He’s a forward with great footwork and skill who we will now miss.”

Mitchell earned a two-year deal with the Rabbitohs after an intense training program that saw him drop nearly 50 kilograms, telling 9News in February he was in the best shape of his career.

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“I’m strong, I’m powerful. The mental state, the emotional state, the spiritual state … I’ve never been this strong in my life and now I can show my kids that anyone can do anything,” he said

The Rabbitohs, who have won only one of their first three matches, face Manly on Saturday night.

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