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James, Evans avoid NRL prowler tackle bans

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016

The NRL is powerless to stop the controversial prowler tackle, according to representative stars Paul Gallen and Sam Thaiday.

And it appears the NRL is of the same opinion after Ryan James and Kane Evans avoided match review citations on Sunday.

The tackle is in the headlines again after Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Ben Barba were victims of the defensive technique.

It involves a third defender tackling the standing ball carrier already attended to by two defenders.

"I don't have a problem with it," Cronulla skipper Gallen told the Nine Network's Sunday Footy Show.

"It's not pleasant to have it done to you but there is nothing illegal about it."

Thaiday said on the same program: "That attacking player is moving forward and the defender is trying to stop them. I don't know what they can do about that."

Penrith prop Campbell-Gillard is sidelined for three months with a broken back after Gold Coast forward James hit him as the third man during a tackle in the Panthers' win on Saturday night.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin was livid about the incident.

"They've stood Reg up and then Ryan James hits him in the ribs while he's unprotected," he told News Corp Australia.

"I'd really like the NRL to review it. I'm not happy with how Reg has ended up injured. He can't move. They had to stretcher him out of the sheds."

Sydney Roosters interchange forward Evans hit Sharks fullback Ben Barba with a prowler tackle in Cronulla's win on Saturday night.

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