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Sydney Roosters head coach Trent Robinson has called for referees to be firmer when punishing players on the field.
It comes after St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jordan Pereira somehow escaped a sending off for his dangerously-high tackle that put Roosters star James Tedesco out of the game.
Tedesco ultimately failed his HIA, meaning the Roosters were without their main man for the majority of the Anzac Day clash.
As for Pereira, he only copped a 10-minute sin-binning - a decision that didn't sit well with Chooks coach Robinson.
"We are somewhere between where we have always been and where rugby union is," he said in his post-match press conference.
"That's where I think we are at. If somebody takes Teddy out for the game we don't need the judiciary to teach them lessons, we need the on-field refs to so mothers and parents and that are at home understand that the punishment happens right then and there.
"We have got to make sure that we protect the brutality that our game is played with and why people watch, but they need to get their lessons on-field because you can punish your team on that night.
"We can choose to punish our players the following week, but if you get down to 12 players on that field against 13 because you are a bit loose with your tackling and you are copping guys hard and high then they need to be down to 12.
"That's when we will get our real lessons and that's when people will know that we are serious about it.
"If you can take Tedesco out and have someone else with 10 minutes in the bin I know what I would choose. I'd rather Tedesco not play.
"I'm not saying he meant to do that, but I'm saying who got punished more?"
And when you look at it like that, Robbo's argument is pretty valid.
"We don't need the judiciary to teach them lessons we need the on-field refs."
Trent Robinson on whether or not Jordan Pereira should have been sent off :x:
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Even during the game itself, the Fox League commentary team thought Pereira should have been sent off for his actions.
"It is not good enough at all," former Roosters player Braith Anasta said.
"This is a clear swinging arm to the best player on the park and the best player in the world.
"I'm confused by this. We have got Momirovski who got three weeks. We have got Latrell Mitchell who got four weeks for nothing compared to this right here.
"We have got Talakai looking at four to six weeks and we have had all this time and a directive from the NRL to be strong on contact with the head and players making contact with the head.
"And we have all this time to look at this shot and he only gets 10 minutes in the bin and he doesn't get sent off.
"He should have been sent off straight away. Tedesco fails his HIA and he doesn't return.
"They got it wrong. Pereira should not return. He should not be on that field. He should not return."
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It seems the NRL's inconsistency with punishing high tackles has reared its ugly head once again.
Last week, Canterbury Bulldogs forward Jack Hetherington was sent off and slapped with a three game ban for a similar challenge on Valentine Holmes.
But in Jordan Pereira's case, who knows what will happen.
Although according to Nine's Wide World of Sport, he now faces a three to five-week ban.
His Dragons teammate Mikaele Ravalawa could also cop a three-match suspension after he was officially put on report for his nasty shoulder charge on Roosters centre Josh Morris.
He too escaped on-field punishment though.
Elsewhere, Cronulla Sharks enforcer Siosifa Talakai faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after for his huge hit on Matt Doorey that earned him ten minutes in the sin bin.
Much like Pereira, Talakai also dodged a sending off on the day, but the match review committee have since charged him.
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