Live: McGuire can ‘p**s off for 12 weeks’
The final day of round five sees St George attempt to scrape into the top eight with a big win over the injury-riddled Bulldogs.
The Dragons need to score over 30 points to pip the Sharks (2-3) from the eighth spot.
Later, the fourth-placed Raiders have a chance to cement themselves in the top four in their Canberra clash against the Eels. Parramatta has got off to a surprising start and are sixth on the ladder after the first month and will leapfrog the Tigers for fifth should they close out Sunday with a win.
Kent calls for massive McGuire ban
North Queensland forward Josh McGuire came under fire for an alleged eye gouge on Melbourne Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster on Friday night and NRL analyst Paul Kent said the NRL erred for not serving McGuire a lengthy ban as a result.
McGuire got slapped with a $3,350 fine in what was his third charge for similar incidents in the last three years, which left Kent outraged.
And he vented his anger on Triple M radio.
“You can end someone’s career by detaching the retina, it happens a lot in boxing,” Kent said.
“P**s off out of the game for 12 weeks.”
Despite McGuire’s history, he was hit with a grade one contrary conduct charge by the match review committee for the incident in the first half of Melbourne’s 18-12 win over the Cowboys in Townsville.
Did McGuire eye gouge Munster?0:39
NRL: Although Cameron Munster didn’t make a formal complain, Josh McGuire has been spotted attempting an eye goug as the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Melbourne Storm.
Munster appeared to be upset by the incident initially but refused to make an official on-field complaint to the referees.
“I won’t go there,” Munster told the Nine Network “Me and Moose have a connection there. He did get me but I wasn’t going to put it on report.”
Storm skipper Cameron Smith said he did not see the incident but confirmed Munster was emotional in the immediate aftermath.
“I didn’t actually see the incident. He was quite upset by what had happened. He was quite strong with what he was saying to the referee,” Smith said.
Injured Inglis’ future is uncertain
Greg Inglis could make a call on his NRL future as early as Monday as the injured South Sydney superstar battles a serious shoulder issue.
Inglis travelled to the Sunshine Coast with the Rabbitohs this weekend and will report back to training on Monday and catch up with coach Wayne Bennett.
Inglis hasn’t played since round two when he injured his shoulder against St George Illawarra, with Bennett confirming last week surgery won’t help ease the arthritis pain and return the Queenslander to the field.
The injury is similar to the one that ended former Brisbane centre Jack Reed’s career three seasons ago, with Inglis struggling to lift his left arm about his head or away from his body.
The 32-year-old had already announced plans to retire at the end of next season, with 2019 planned to be his farewell to the State of Origin arena.
“Experience wise, and we’re a bit light on in outside backs, it hurts on both fronts,” Maroons selector and former teammate Darren Lockyer told the Sunday Footy Show.
Greg Inglis’ career has hit a rough patch.Source:Getty Images
“He’s 32, I think mentally that is a big part of it.
“We all know when we’re ready to retire. I think physically he is struggling a bit.
“Only he would know what he is going to do.
“But I always look back to when Alf (Alan Langer) retired in 1999, physically he was OK but mentally he was done.
“I think he (Inglis) really needs to sit down and think this through.” Inglis has been one of the game’s great players, scoring149 tries in 263 matches and winning grand finals at both Melbourne and Souths. He has also crossed for 18 tries in 32 matches for Queensland, forming a lethal left-edge combination with Darius Boyd before becoming captain last year. But Lockyer’s comments came as fellow former Queensland teammate Corey Parker also questioned whether Inglis could return and play on.
“I personally do (think he will retire). I don’t see that spark,” Parker told Fox League.
“In the big scheme of things, there’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of factors to weigh up.
“He’s got the body, he’s got a lot of things that are happening and a lot of moving pieces, but the one common denominator with Greg is you see that twinkle or that sparkle in his eye.
“And I haven’t seen that for a while.”
If Inglis stands down, the door will be wide open for Daly Cherry-Evans to become the next Queensland skipper come Origin time in June.
“If that is the position I am put in when it comes to Origin, I am more than capable with that role,” Cherry-Evans told AAP.
“I’m continuing to grow as a leader at Manly and I’m certainly not a polished leader so to speak. But if put in that position I would be more than comfortable with that role.
“I have absolutely loved the responsibility that comes with the territory of being skipper of a first-grade side.
“I have to make that rep side first but if that comes with it, then I’m more than comfortable with that role.”
— with AAP
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