Halfbacks Jonny Sexton and Mike Phillips were openly targeted with late hits, stamps and shoulder charges before a raucous 40,805 crowd.
There were a lot of shoulder charges and guys being taken late, and it would have been easy for someone to lose their head, throw a punch and for that to be picked up and them to be cited.
International chiefs are expected today to ban shoulder charges
in Friday's Challenge clash and the World Cup.
THE RUGBY Football League has decided not to follow the lead set by Australia in banning shoulder charges, at least for now.
The RLIF has proposed standardising a number of the laws of the game, including the use of the shoulder charge, and we are in the process of responding to these proposals.
Body checks on kick chasers, neck-high hits - with no use of the arms - masquerading as tackles and shoulder charges
aimed at clearing rucks have all become common place in elite rugby.
While the best England could come up with in the second Test was throwing jelly beans on the wicket, a disgruntled Indian side merely responded with icy stares and shoulder charges
straight out of the fourth form.
Players are hit by shoulder charges
, full-blooded block tackles and two footed waist high lunges but instead of rolling in agony with faces distorted in sham pain they just get up and charge back into action as the referee waves play on.
BRIAN McDERMOTT has become the first coach to call for shoulder charges
to be banned in Super League.
St Helens v Castleford 8PM BARBECUE king Mark Flanagan reckons a few beefy shoulder charges
never hurt anyone.