Fittler questions NRL stance on Sims’ hit
NSW coach Brad Fittler believes Tariq Sims should not be made an example of for his hit on Michael Morgan that threatens to rule him out of Origin III.
Sims is in hot water over a late shot on North Queensland star Michael Morgan that knocked him out for the rest of the game St George Illawarra won.
It comes less than a week after the NRL ordered their officials to use the sin bin for both late hits and crusher tackles.
Fittler remains confident Sims will successfully beat the charge.
"I know they're trying to make a stance in the game and everyone understands the stance. I'm just not sure if this is the tackle where they need to do it," he said.
"We wish him all the best. Hopefully Michael Morgan's pulled up okay.
"But, considering on the field they had time to scrutinise it, (the) video referees and referees found it okay to not even give it a penalty."
Fittler also defended his decision to overlook David Klemmer for the State of Origin decider, saying it was made purely on their game two triumph.
Fittler confirmed Klemmer is on standby for firebrand Tariq Sims, who will contest a grade-two dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
But should he win, Klemmer will be a glaring absence at ANZ Stadium on July 10.
"It was a tough one because we love Klem. We love what he's about. It's one of those discussions that was hard but he made it easy," Fittler said.
"His reaction was so refreshing. He just wished Tariq all the best. He said if he got the opportunity, he'd absolutely love coming into camp again.
"That's why he's a valued member of any team he plays for, because he just loves what rugby league's about and he understands team."
Klemmer was arguably the Blues' best forward in game one, carrying the ball for 147 metres and creating a linebreak despite breaking his wrist early in the game.
His first stint was so good that Fittler played him for 50 minutes straight, however was controversially left on the bench for the rest of the contest.
The Newcastle prop proved near unstoppable in his return against Brisbane last Saturday, when he made a game-high 210 metres and 34 tackles. Yet Fittler has opted to stay loyal to the side that pumped Queensland in Perth, including Klemmer's Knights teammate in Daniel Saifiti.
"He did a really good job for us. He has a specific role and he was absolutely perfect in what he did," Fittler said.
"And then he went and did a really good job against Brisbane, against the big forward pack, and backed it up well.
"I found it very hard to swap it over. (It was) purely just the way they did it over there (in Perth).
"The way they worked together. The way they worked for each other, was the indicator."