I would never try to hurt my mate: Smith

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - TRAVIS MEYN

STORM cap­tain Cameron Smith has hit back at ac­cu­sa­tions he de­lib­er­ately in­jured Ti­tans for­ward Kevin Proc­tor as Mel­bourne es­caped with a 28-14 win against a gritty Gold Coast last night.

The Storm moved into the top four with vic­tory in the first clash of the Sun­corp Sta­dium dou­ble-header, but it could come at a price fol­low­ing two ques­tion­able in­ci­dents. Smith ap­peared to be in­volved in a “wish­bone” tackle which forced for­mer Storm team­mate Proc­tor off the field with a groin in­jury.

“I didn’t try to pull his leg out,” Smith said.

“Kevvie is a re­ally good friend of mine and ev­ery­one at our club. There was no chance I’d be go­ing in to in­jure the bloke.

“What­ever hap­pens out of this game with that tackle, I’ve got ab­so­lutely no con­trol over.

“All I can say is I’m not in there to try and hurt the bloke.

“I spoke to Kevvie af­ter the game to see how he was go­ing. I made sure I told him I had no in­ten­tion to hurt him. He was very grate­ful for me to come over and say I had no in­ten­tion.”

Ti­tans cap­tain Ryan James said Smith should have been pe­nalised for the Proc­tor tackle.

“I thought an in­jury to a player go­ing off would lead to a penalty,” he said. “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose play­ers to cir­cum­stances that hap­pen on the field.”

A head slam on Ti­tans prop Jar­rod Wal­lace will also be scru­ti­nised by the NRL’s match re­view com­mit­tee af­ter it left the Gold Coast for­ward need­ing a con­cus­sion test.

The Ti­tans fin­ished the match with just one fit player on the bench af­ter for­wards Will Matthews and Jack Stock­well suf­fered con­cus­sions in the Gold Coast’s fifth-straight loss.

Cameron Smith pulls Kevin Proc­tor’s leg.

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