Penrith approach NRL over Souths tactics on Cleary

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Penrith manager Ivan Cleary has urged NRL lucifer officials to support halfback Nathan Cleary from unnecessary interaction successful a bid to propulsion disconnected the star's lethal kicking crippled time night.

The Panthers fishy the Rabbitohs are readying an ambush connected Cleary arsenic they effort to bounds the interaction of his kicking game, successful a an effort to marque things easier for rookie fullback Blake Taaffe.

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It comes aft the Panthers precocious discovered that Rabbitohs officials made a bid of complaints to the NRL aft Penrith's triumph against Souths successful circular 23. South Sydney was fuming astir "blockers" giving Cleary other clip to enactment up his floating bombs.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Rabbitohs manager Wayne Bennett, erstwhile coaching Queensland during past year's State of Origin series, besides raised akin concerns with the tactics utilized by NSW to support Cleary.

Nathan Cleary successful Souths' crosshairs. (Getty)

The Rabbitohs besides highlighted a infinitesimal wherever Isaah Yeo was seen utilizing amerciable blocking tactics missed by the referees erstwhile the 2 teams squared disconnected astatine Suncorp Stadium 3 weeks ago.

Cleary dominated that crippled with his trademark floating bombs which led to respective mistakes from Josh Mansour and Latrell Mitchell.

The Panthers person deed backmost though, identifying incidents successful games against Souths implicit the past 2 seasons wherever Cleary is intelligibly targeted.

Ivan Cleary said that his lad is perpetually targeted by defenders aft kicking, and believes much needs to beryllium done to support his playmaker.

"Nathan is targeted each lucifer and often the interaction is extracurricular the existent extortion interpretations," helium said. "In fact, I don't deliberation we person ever received a punishment for a precocious hit, oregon unnecessary interaction connected him, which is bonzer considering the magnitude of kicks helium executes."

Under the NRL's rules, blockers indispensable beryllium stationary oregon moving forward, and not capable to alteration absorption backwards oregon sideways.

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