I would never try to hurt my mate: Smith
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.