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The legendary rugby league player Gorden Tallis is the subject of a contentious live television discussion on the legitimacy of the Storm’s stripped championships.
Melbourne lost the 2007 and 2009 championships after it was discovered that they had exceeded the pay cap by more than $1.5 million.
Prior to Friday night’s match against the Eels, the club, which joined the NRL in 1998, was commemorating its 25th anniversary.
Viewers were furious that the scandal seasons were featured since award presentations for the years 1999, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017, and 2020 were part of the festivities.
Before the Storm gained a supporter in Tallis, Phil Rothfield was bashing the team on NRL 360 on Monday night. The Storm faced the Sea Eagles in the 2007 grand final and the Eels in 2009.
“The NRL stripped them of the 2007 and 2009 titles for cheating, they did not legitimately win those grand finals,” claimed Rothfield.
They did, indeed. They did, I think,” Tallis said.
They cheated, so they didn’t. Other teams were reportedly spending less, according to Rothfield.
Tallis then struck a bombshell by claiming that every team that wins the championship rorts the cap in some way.
How many teams have reached the grand final while staying under the cap, asked Tallis.
It’s simple to say that, Gorden, but where is your proof? In response, Rothfield.
“Listen, Melbourne Storm won. If you’re not a Storm supporter, I think you’re awful. They have a right to put them there, in my opinion as a football supporter, Tallis remarked.
Turn it up Gorden!” yelled Rothfield, to which the legendary Broncos player replied, “Well Manly didn’t win the game, did they?”
According to Rothfield, Manly and Parramatta should have received the title because they were the two most deserving teams that year.
Before Rothfield and Tallis continued their argument, fellow panellists Braith Anasta and Brett Read vehemently disagreed with him.
“Greg Inglis has a speed boat on the side and is holding the prize. They didn’t actually win the title, Gordie, so you can’t defend it, Rothfield remarked.
Tallis stated, “In my view, I have no issue with that.
“Well, yes. They shouldn’t be flaunting prizes that weren’t theirs since they didn’t win them, Rothfield said, adding that what happened back then was plain cheating.
Can you win the NRL without winning the salary cap, then, if we pretend that all the cameras are off? stated Tallis.
That query observed Interject is read.
“Yes, Gordie, you can. I believe that argument to be nonsense. Penrith has won it the last two years, and I don’t believe they cheat the salary cap. That idea that you have to cheat in order to win is absurd, in my opinion. That actually disrespects the teams who have won it recently, in my opinion,” Read remarked.
“I believe that when supporters of the Wests Tigers see Penrith run out and observe their talent, they think, ‘I don’t think we can’t beat them. And if the pay ceiling is fair, shouldn’t all the talent be fair too?,” Tallis argued.
“What you’re saying is the same belief we held as players; look at other teams we were playing at the time, and whatever… However, I’m not worried about this, Anasta added.
“You can talk about other premieres being cheats, but no other team cheating to the extent of $1.7 million over the cap in those years,” said Rothfield.