2022-06-21 23:15:00

Roosters gun Angus Crichton has revealed he believes Storm backrower Felise Kaufusi should have been suspended for an elbow on halfback Sam Walker.

Kaufusi was slapped with a grade one dangerous contact charge and was handed a $1,800 fine, but fought the charge and was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Crichton was the second Tricolours tackler and was unable to see Kaufusi’s elbow come crashing down on Walker’s face.

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But, if he had had sighted the contact, the 26-year-old said he would not have hesitated to stand up for his playmaker.

“I definitely think he should’ve copped something for that,” Crichton said to the SMH.

“I don’t think there’s a place for that in our game. I wish I’d realised at the time, I would’ve reacted, but I just had no idea it had happened.

“There’s no way I would’ve copped that if I’d known, no way at all.”

Meanwhile, after earning an Origin re-call, Crichton has another halfback to look after — Nathan Cleary.

Much was made of the Maroons kick-pressure on the Panthers gun, as well as their ruck-speed tactics and now Crichton wants to bring the mongrel back into Game II.

“Origin’s all about mongrel,” he said.

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“You’ve got to look to hurt the opposition when you run and when you tackle. It’s no arena for being nice.

“I’m smart with that stuff. I’ll always play hard but play within the rules but you can’t cop that sort of treatment. I like our players better than their players. We won’t match them, we’ll be better than them in the physicality (stakes).

“That’s my job coming off the bench, bringing that energy and power through the middle and there won’t be a backward step.”

As Crichton enters Origin camp, his future with the Roosters remains uncertain.

Reports circled that his two-year extension agreed upon in 2021 was yet to be registered with the NRL due to salary cap constrains, while in the meantime Storm star Brandon Smith was signed.

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Coach Trent Robinson assured his star backrower his contract would be honoured and the dispute would be smoothed over.

“You do see the headlines, it’s not nice to have that hanging over your head,” Crichton said.

“You try not to read into it but it can be unsettling. But I think we’re getting close to a result. I don’t want to go anyway.

“My old man messaged me asking what’s going on with it all. It’s been a testing little period but you come out of it stronger and learn your lessons.”

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