2022-05-09 00:10:00

Laurie Daley believes Will Kennedy shouldn’t have been the only Shark sent off in Sunday’s win over the Warriors, declaring the referee “got it wrong” by only sin-binning Jesse Ramien.

It comes as Ramien faces three weeks on the sideline after copping a grade 3 careless high tackle charge.

Kennedy was sent off for a coathanger style tackle on Reece Walsh in the 16th minute.

In the 53rd minute Ramien was binned for dangerous contact on Euan Aitken. The Sharks centre led with his shoulder and knocked Aitken to the ground.

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Daley told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast that the Ramien incident was “far worse” and believes he would have received a bigger punishment had Kennedy not already been sent off.

“I actually think the Sharks should have been down to 11 men,” Daley said.

“I know he got sin-binned Jesse Ramien but I think that was probably worse offence than Will Kennedy’s and I think the referee thought in the back of his mind ‘jeez I don’t know if I can send another player off.’

“But he made direct contact with his shoulder, for me that was a headhigh, it was worse than Will Kennedy’s and I thought they should have been down to 11.

“You know what, the Warriors were that bad that the Sharks would have still won.

“But I reckon the referee got it wrong, I reckon the referee should have sent Jesse Ramien off as well. I think that was a worse shot than what Will Kennedy’s was.

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“When you actually slow it down, a coathanger for me is when you hit them with a forearm, it was more of a grab around the face but it deserved a send-off — that’s fine.

“But I reckon if Will Kennedy wasn’t sent off, Jesse Ramien would have been.

“The fact that they were down to 12, he took the option of sending him to the bin, but I actually thought Jesse Ramien’s tackle was far worse because he got him directly with his shoulder to his head and that did far more damage than what Will Kennedy’s did.”

The charge sheet for Sunday’s games dropped on Monday morning.

Ramien — who has a prior offence on his record — will miss the next three games with an early guilty plea or four games if he fights the charge and fails.

Meanwhile Kennedy was also hit with a grade three careless high tackle but because it was his first offcen he will miss two matches with an early guilty plea or three if he unsuccessfully fights the charge.

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