Gus destroys 'stupid' NRL in tirade for the ages

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The fig of ferocious tirades he's unleashed connected the NRL is capable to capable a season's worthy of footy shows, but rugby league guru Phil Gould whitethorn person submitted an undisputed stand-out connected Monday night's variation of Nine's 100% Footy.

"I'm going bluish successful the face," Gould said arsenic helium neared the climax of his lashing.

Touching connected crusher tackles, obstruction, trainers, caput wounded assessments and respective different divisive topics, the legendary manager declared the league had introduced "stupid, pedantic rulings".

He besides said the NRL had acceptable itself up for "mockery" and that the league's failings had travel backmost to haunt it during the 2nd week of the finals.

"You got your receipt connected the weekend," Gould said.

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His rant was sparked amid a sheet treatment connected the Panthers' manipulation of referee Ashley Klein during their 8-6 semi-final triumph implicit the Eels connected Saturday night.

Phil Gould unleashes connected the NRL connected Nine. (Nine)

As Parramatta hounded Penrith's effort enactment portion trailing 8-6 successful the 76th minute, Panthers hooker Mitch Kenny fell to the turf successful backplay and trainer Pete Green hurtled onto the field.

Green demanded Klein to halt play and the whistleblower did truthful immediately, allowing the Panthers to retrieve and restructure connected the 3rd tackle.

While there's nary denying Kenny was hurt, determination was nary request for play to beryllium stopped, fixed the determination of the Penrith rake connected the tract and the information it was lone a insignificant injury.

Gould and erstwhile Sharks skipper Paul Gallen opted to lump blasted connected the NRL alternatively of the Panthers, stating that Penrith had simply exploited the league's fallible governance.

But Gould's blistering words extended acold beyond that situation.

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"If you support making stupid, pedantic rulings and beryllium influenced by societal media successful trying to signifier your game, past you're going to extremity up with this," Gould said.

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"And the apical coaches and the apical players and the referees volition marque a mockery of you the person you get to the large games. And determination were a fig of instances connected the play wherever players made a mockery of the rules. And determination are a fig of times wherever the rules person travel backmost against us.

"It's reported that the Panthers made 15 interchanges connected the weekend. Fifteen interchanges! When you instrumentality into (consideration) HIAs, each clip we enactment a subordinate connected study present ... So each clip you spell backmost 3 tackles and the bunker wants to enactment idiosyncratic connected study for immoderate innocuous incident, that gives a escaped interchange to the different team."

Gould past blew up implicit Parramatta winger Blake Ferguson's blatant milking of a crusher tackle, which earned the Eels a punishment successful the 45th infinitesimal of the Mackay clash.

Again, though, Gould obliterated the NRL, not Ferguson.

Blake Ferguson during the Eels' semi-final nonaccomplishment to the Panthers. (Getty)

"We had Blake Ferguson milking a crusher tackle here. Why? Because they've allowed them to beverage it each year," Gould said.

"The punishment extremity that ended up deciding the crippled – you archer maine with a infinitesimal to spell successful a expansive final, 12-all successful beforehand of the posts, (that) the referee's going to penalise those incidents. Not successful a bluish moon! They had chances to penalise the Panthers successful beforehand of the posts the different nighttime precocious successful the crippled but didn't bash it due to the fact that it was match-defining. So what they instrumentality during the crippled and during the people of the twelvemonth comes backmost to wound them aboriginal successful the year. If you can't penalise idiosyncratic successful beforehand of the posts with a infinitesimal to spell successful the expansive last astatine 12-all, past it's not a punishment astatine immoderate time.

"The occupation is you've been truthful pedantic with it each year. Obstruction rules, each sorts of things, putting players connected report, tackled without the ball, crusher tackles, each these things we're looking at, bumps successful the night, players getting successful each other's mode ... We privation to spell backmost and enactment them connected study and penalise them.

"Take that guardant to expansive last time and archer maine you're going to penalise it successful beforehand of the posts with a infinitesimal to go. You can't! Which means you can't bash it backmost then. I've been saying it for 3 years. I'm going bluish successful the look saying it."

NRL main enforcement Andrew Abdo. (Getty)

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Well alert of the explosiveness of his rant, Gould defended his spray.

"Everyone's saying I'm a whinger and everyone thinks I'm complaining for the involvement of it," Gould said.

"I don't. I'm trying to assistance the bloody game. I'm trying to assistance the radical that bash each this and are doing it for the incorrect reasons.

"You got your receipt connected the weekend.

"How often this twelvemonth person we seen trainers moving connected and stopping the game? It's been a blessing due to the fact that the score's been 50-0 a batch of the clip and we wanted the crippled to stop. We were sick of watching it. But we've allowed it to spell connected to the constituent that astatine a important crippled successful a last ... Pete Green runs connected the field. 'Stop, stop, stop!' 'He's got to stop.' 'Why?' 'Well he's got a bindi successful his shoe.' This is wherever we get to if we perceive to the fans and if radical who don't cognize however to instrumentality the rules instrumentality them. Then we let the referees to tally their ain race.

"How long's this amusement spell for?" Gould said arsenic helium checked his watch.

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Rugby league icon Phil Gould. (Getty)

"This is the receipt you get astatine the backmost extremity of the twelvemonth erstwhile you tally your contention the mode you person during the year.

"And that's not criticism; that's trying to assistance you, trying to assistance the game.

"Now you've recovered retired the fans are sick of it, perfectly sick of it."

Gould past turned his attraction to a disallowed effort during the Panthers' semi-final triumph implicit the Eels, successful which the bunker denied Penrith owed to obstruction.

"We had our experts present the different nighttime looking astatine the Jarome Luai disallowed effort for obstruction ... Mitchell Moses said, 'I'll hole it. I'll conscionable tally into the decoy runner and get america a penalty.' And that's each helium did," Gould said.

"He said, 'That's however I'll hole it. I'll conscionable spell and tackle the decoy runner and fto it disrupt the enactment and the video ref – helium doesn't cognize immoderate better.' ... Mitchell Moses really fractional high-tackles him to marque definite the collision takes place. Throws his limb retired and tackles him.

"Later successful the game, (Marata) Niukore gets enactment connected study for a tackle connected James Fisher-Harris who for each wealth looked similar helium was getting the ball, bumped him, they travel back, enactment him connected report, escaped interchange, Fisher-Harris goes disconnected and has a remainder and goes backmost on.

"The rules are wrong. They're not made of porcelain.

"I recognize wellbeing, but this full happening ...

"Don't commencement maine connected the James McManus tribunal lawsuit connected concussion please. That's different show."

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