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Bennett wants NRL ban for pat after slap

NZN 13/04/2017 Laine Clark

They have scrapped the slap.

Now Wayne Bennett wants the NRL to punt the pat.

The Brisbane coach believed the NRL did not go far enough by banning on-field slapping this week.

He has now called for the league to outlaw the practice of head patting.

The NRL competition committee this week recommended any player who slapped an opponent would be sin-binned.

However, Bennett did not believe the ruling would cut down on player niggle.

"There are a few things we have to tidy up," Bennett said.

"The other thing I can't handle is (rivals) patting someone on the head when they make a mistake - that is rubbish.

"Everything we do today is about our image and that doesn't give the right image.

"It won't cut down the niggle but at least there are guidelines there and we know the consequences."

The issue came to the fore last month when Canterbury's David Klemmer slapped Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, prompting the NRL to hand down the recommendation.

Broncos great Justin Hodges was one of the game's great nigglers before his 2015 retirement.

But Bennett insisted he would not allow any of his players to get away with a head pat these days.

"It shouldn't be allowed to happen," he said.

"I think it is disrespectful. That's not what it is about to me.

"I don't want them (Broncos) doing it - I told them that."

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