NRL investigating Eels over trainer incident during Nathan Cleary conversion

The Eels are being investigated by the NRL after one of their trainers ran directly in front of the goalposts as Panthers star Nathan Cleary was attempting a conversion on Friday night.

Cleary missed the kick and Penrith lost the match 22-20.

The incident happened in the 53rd minute when the Panthers were ahead 14-10.

Eels blue shirt trainer and assistant coach Steve Murphy raced away from the Eels player huddle on the goal line and straight in front of the posts right as Cleary was kicking.

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The 2022 NRL operations manual states: “Trainers must not at any time enter the line of sight of a player when he is attempting a kick for goal, or do anything which may in any way unnecessarily interfere with or distract an opposition player whilst he is participating in the match or constitute some disadvantage to the opposing team.”

Cleary could not seek another kick at the goal under the rules with referees only having jurisdiction over players – not trainers.

Any on-field unsanctioned act by a trainer could lead to an NRL-issued breach notice.

A trainer runs across the posts during Nathan Cleary’s kick.Source: FOX SPORTS

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Parramatta told The Daily Telegraph that Murphy was the trainer but the club are adamant it was not a deliberate act.

If Murphy is at fault, Parramatta could be breached or sent a ‘please explain’ by the NRL.

The NRL will on Monday seek to determine whether Murphy acted knowingly or simply started running back to his team’s bench before Cleary took the kick.

This latest escapade adds to an already hostile rivalry between the two powerful western Sydney clubs.

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Ironically, there was drama with Panthers trainer Pete Green in a finals match last year against the same opponents, Parramatta.

Green stopped play late in the match – which Penrith won 8-6 – after signalling to the referee to stop the game.

The Panthers were fined $25,000 and Green was suspended for the remainder of the season, missing the club’s historic grand final win.

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