The Victor Radley incident that was never quoted in Rabbitohs v Roosters sin bin blitz

“You just have to keep at it, give it back, but don’t let sin guide you. Victor plays the game hard. I’ve played against him my whole life. He was the same when I played with Mascot and he with Clovelly. It was like the Rabbitohs and Roosters. Clovelly was a Roosters club and you never want to lose to the Roosters.”

Tom Burgess, who befriended Radley during England’s World Cup season – the pair became known as the “Three Pigs” along with Elliott Whitehead in the host country’s playgroup – said the lack of punishment on the occasion was what prompted the Roosters had to be decided differently.

Bin bonanza: Breakdown of a chaotic Roosters-Rabbitohs derby

  • 5 minutes: Roosters lock Victory Radley after a smack into Taane Milne

  • 19 minutes: South’s prop Tom Burgess is collected for high tackle against Matt Lodge

  • 20 minutes: Rabbitohs winger Taane Milne fails after a high tackle by Joseph Suaalii

  • 51 minutes: Rooster’s prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves fails after a headslam to Tom Burgess

  • 61 minutes: Radley is trapped again and Rabbitoh’s support Tevita Tatola is also in sin for hitting

  • 66 minutes: Milne fails a second time for a high duel against Connor Watson

“I do not mind [incident]and with the intensity of this game being on par with Origin, from what I’ve heard the judges could take a leaf out of the Origin manual and let things slide a bit,” Burgess said.

“We are not stupid and when people are intentionally hit in the head, action must be taken.

“But Latrell didn’t respond on that occasion and he moved on. This is Victor. He’s passionate. Latrell too. Our players too. And you will see that passion on Friday.”

Radley has often been accused of crossing the line with his aggression, but Roosters skipper and good friend James Tedesco said he’s seen things lately that suggested the lock forward was maturing. Radley has even started to be more vocal and take responsibility in team meetings.

“He has more of that cold-blooded mentality now instead of letting the emotions take over,” Tedesco said herald.


“We had a discussion a couple of times, especially in 2021 when he was struck by sin twice in one game. After that he felt like he wasn’t being aggressive enough and he wasn’t playing his best footy because he was worried about not being too emotional.

“He tried to find the right balance. He’s definitely not burying his head in the sand and saying, “I’ll be right.” He’s had a great World Championship, he’s growing, he’s maturing off the field and hopefully we’ll see that on the field.”

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