Manly legend Max Krilich has Cameron Smith an incredible service, claiming the Melbourne skipper is allowed to get away with too much of the game's referees.
Ahead of the sea eagles "struggling with the storm at Aami Park on Saturday, Krilich believed the match officials were" intimidated "by Smith who didn't play in the" spirit of the game ".
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“Cameron is coming in like the third robber and then the last man. He slows it down to perfection – he is the master, "Krilich tells The Daily Telegraph.
"He is the third person in the whole ball." It took a lot of years. ”
NRL 360 Paul Kent believes many people will agree with Krilich's comments.
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"What Max Krilich said will resonate with fans around the game," Kent said.
"The argument is the discretion of how long you can put on a player and hold it down.
"The argument is that Cameron Smith is allowed to get away with more than other players in the game."
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Krilich, who played at Sea Eagles, NSW and Australia at a career class 1970-1983, said the referees needed to stop the 401 game veteran.
"Melbourne is lying over the entire ball and the players, but it's ruled game because it's Cameron," Krilich said.
"He'll stand there and complain, and the referees will say," Oh, cum, Cameron. It's just not on. They have to be tough.
"What he does is not in the spirit of the game – this is not right – and he is getting away with it.
"The referees are afraid to penalize him and it seems that everything he does is squeaky." We have to reinforce the references. I have no doubt these referrals are very intimidated by him.
"They're afraid of him and it's a disgrace."