Ryan Matterson takes suspension over fine, reaction, do trial games count?, Parramatta Eels, crusher tackle - petsitterbank

Ryan Matterson takes suspension over fine, reaction, do trial games count?, Parramatta Eels, crusher tackle

Eels forward Ryan Matterson has defended his decision to miss three games instead of cop a $4000 fine for a crusher tackle.

Matterson declined the fine and instead will serve the suspension after being cited for a crusher tackle in Sunday’s grand finale.

The incident in question came in the first half of Parramatta’s 28-12 loss to Penrith, with Matterson penalized and placed on report for the dangerous tackle on Dylan Edwards.

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It was the third time Matterson had been charged this season.

However, the NRL had overhauled its judicial code in June to allow players who commit a ‘third offence’ in a final match to pay a fine in place of suspension.

“I just feel that $4,000 is pretty hefty considering I have already paid close to $4,000 in fines this year for things that are absurd,” Matterson told reporters, per AAP.

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“At the end of the day I have personal things I need to worry about outside of rugby league. I just didn’t think it was warranted.

“If you do something wrong at work. They don’t take money off you.

“I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m playing rugby league.

“It’s just getting quicker and quicker and people are getting stronger and stronger – and the game keeps changing rules.”

Matterson went one step further and said he shouldn’t have been charged at all over the incident.

“The way Dylan went back in towards me and he kept driving his legs, I tried to let his head out but he just kept back-pedaling,” Matterson said.

Ryan Matterson of the Eels. GettySource: Getty Images

“I’m not going to let him back-pedal 100 meters. So I have to stop him. There wasn’t much in it.

“It didn’t make sense to me. At the time I thought it was definitely a penalty, but I didn’t think it would go much further than that.

“Considering Jarome Luai is kicking players and he didn’t get cited. It makes you think ‘Where is this game heading?’”

The comment did not escape Luai’s attention with the Panthers star responding on Instagram, by reposting the Eels forward’s quote, accompanied by three crying emojis, and the chorus to R&B star Kennyon Brown’s song Cry 4 You.

Matterson’s ban is hardly what Parramatta need with back-rowers Isaiah Papali’i and Marata Niukore leaving the club for the Tigers and Warriors respectively.

According to the NRL’s official website, players serving a suspension in round one can be named and play in pre-season trials but missing trials will not count towards their ban.

Panthers legend Mark Geyer called Matterson’s decision a “total, total head-scratcher” on Triple M Breakfast with MG, Jess & Pagey.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said.

“That’s peril for Parramatta because they’re losing Niukore, they’re losing Papali’i. They need Matterson on deck. They need to be full-strength. There might be more to it but the optics of it makes Ryan look like he loves his money a bit too much.

“He’s on about $600,000-a-year. To miss three games of footy for $4,000, I don’t get it and hope there is more to it. That does n’t say much about his passion for him to play for the Eels. They could be 0-3 to start the Eels after three games, who knows, they need every man on deck. The optics of it don’t look really good.”

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