Big Blocker Roach reckons it wasn’t a bite because there were no visible teeth marks.
Kevin Proctor is adamant there was no bite and he will fight the allegation until the bitter end.
Gorden Tallis went a step further on Triple M on Sunday and said he would have chomped down harder on in-form Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson.
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The only thing for certain is Proctor’s date with the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night will be the biggest showdown at League Central this season.
The Titans backrower will appear via Zoom from the Gold Coast headquarters to vigorously defend a biting charge referred straight to the NRL judiciary.
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Balmain Tigers, NSW and Australian front rower Roach reasons there is a clear lack of evidence to make the charge stick.
“Where were the bite marks on the arm to warrant the send off?,” Roach asked.
“I don’t think he bit him. I didn’t see Proctor chomp down on his arm.
“Johnson had his arm all over his mouth. I’m not sure what else he could do.
“The other thing is normally if someone gets bitten you’ll see the other bloke really react.
“Look at Evander Holyfield when Mike Tyson bit him in the boxing ring.
“There was none of that.”
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Blocker should know. The Balmain champion packed down in the front row in one of rugby league’s toughest eras when fighting, biting and gouging was all part of a Sunday afternoon.
Roach was on hand the day Benny Elias bit his own hand playing for the Tigers in the 1986 minor semi-final and then blamed arch rival hooker Mario Fenech.
Elias was so convincing referee Kevin Roberts sent Fenech off.
Balmain went on to win the sudden-death game 36-11, much like the Sharks went on to win 30-18 against the Gold Coast.
Those who’ve followed the game long enough will remember the case of the phantom biter in 1976, when Wests legend Tommy Raudonikis famously bit the nose of Manly halfback John Gibbs.
Gibbs required seven stitches while Raudonikis posed up on the front page of Rugby League Week magazine complete with a burglar mask.
The NSWRL judiciary then subsequently fined the champion halfback $200 for his chomp.
There’s no question the Proctor sendoff completely changed the context of the game.
From 12-all, the Sharks quickly shut the Titans out of the contest with Johnson one of the chief architects.
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The Sharks playmaker has taken his game to a completely new level this year to lead the NRL try-assists with 20.
As for the biting allegation, well Johnson clearly made an allegation on the field.
The Sharks playmaker then backtracked but by that stage it was too late.
The damage had been done.
Referee Henry Perenara conferred with the bunker and the decision was made to send Proctor off.
Why didn’t Proctor initially deny the bite?
We’ll have to wait until the NRL judiciary hearing Tuesday night.