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Paul Carter escapes sanction for tackle on Maitland’s Jarrod Smith

Paul Carter escapes sanction for tackle on Maitland’s Jarrod Smith Paul Carter

TweetFacebook Newcastle RL: Wests v CentralPictures by Max Mason-HubersCessnock coach Al Lantry believes justice has prevailed with five-eighth Paul Carter having no case to answer after being placed on report with an alleged high tackle during the loss to Maitland last weekend.

Carter was penalised for a high shot on Maitland’s Jarrod Smith during the Goannas’ disastrous 36-0 loss to the Pickers at Maitland Sportsground but after reviewing footage of the incident on Tuesday, the NSWRL match review committee opted not to charge the former NRL player.

Lantry said he was always confident Carter would not be charged.

“It was high and definitely a penalty but even John Taylor [referee] on the field said‘I’m not saying it was intentional or deliberate’,” he said.

“It was a penalty, fair enough but nothing more than that. I was telling people yesterday when they askedme what I thought he’dget that I’d be filthy if he even gets a week.”

Lantry said he was “gutted” by the performance of his side in the heavy opening round defeat.

“I still don’t know what happened,” he said.

“We just didn’t turn up and were out-enthused. Everything we worked for in the pre-season, everything we are good at –we did the exact opposite.

“I’m gutted with what happened.”

Lantry agreed his side was guilty of taking the opposition too lightly and paid a significant price.

They take on Kurri in a local derby at home onSaturday.

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