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Robinson backs Rads but urges his men to  move on

Roosters coach Trent Robinson can understand his players' frustrations with the NRL's high contact crackdown but has urged them to put last week's emotion behind them and focus on the Raiders.

Robinson will be without Victor Radley for the next five matches after the enforcer failed in his bid to have a careless high tackle downgraded at the judiciary on Tuesday night.

Radley's eventful night out against the Broncos in round 11 prompted teammates James Tedesco and Josh Morris to voice their concerns earlier this week about the crackdown on contact to the head.

Injured five-eighth Luke Keary also hit out at the recent changes via SEN radio on Thursday morning.

Robinson said he understood both sides of the argument but he's adamant players should have every right to voice their opinions given their larger platforms.

"Luke's an intelligent guy and he is looking at the game and doesn't like the game he is seeing," Robinson said.

"He's not playing but him as a leading player in the game and part of the committees, is not in agreement with what he's seeing and the product he wants from a players' point of view.

Roosters v Raiders - Round 12

"I back his view to some extent. I come at it from a different angle. I do support Luke's views because I've been very supportive of reducing concussions.

"I don't think we [as a club] could be clearer than that over the last few years. We don't want head-highs in the game, we understand that.

"[But] the method that they've gone about it is slightly off and that's where Luke's voiced his opinion.

"I think it's good to have players give their point of view and the way they're seeing it. They're not all robots and should have their own point of view."

Radley has been praised for his agression in the past and was adamant he wasn't about to change his tackle technique when quizzed about his defensive style on Tuesday.

Robinson said the speed of the game was a leading contributor to players being pulled up under the tightening of the rules.

"It takes some time [to adjust], that's what Victor is saying," Robinson said.

"He's got a very good tackle technique but admitted he needs to go lower. When you teach a player to play you don't teach them to go out and think, you don't walk onto the field and constantly think.

"The speed at which they've introduced it is the issue because players don't think on the field, they act.

Was this the crackdown the NRL had to have?

"If you think you can change a player's behaviour within a week then you don't understand player behaviour. If the idea is to reduce concussion, then don't ask players to all go low on the tackle.

"He's not saying what he got charged for wasn't right because he believes in the judiciary. But it's silly to think everyone has to start tackling low."

The loss of Radley and Angus Crichton for Saturday night's clash against the Raiders is a bitter blow given the side is already struggling with injuries.

Robinson accused his side of being too emotional during last week's shock loss to the Broncos and wanted to turn the focus back to putting in a strong performance.

"We'll get on with it," Robinson said. "You don't want to take that emotion away but you just don't want to overcompensate where it turns into the actions we don't want to see … the rage where it goes too far.

"You don't need to spend long on that. Everyone understands that discipline cost us last week and that was on us."

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