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Paul Kent has called on the NRL to “get serious” on high shots and says the bunker needs people with the “capacity of character” to block out criticism.

The NRL 360 host was referring to Sharks player Jesse Ramien only getting binned following an ugly tackle on Warriors player Euan Aitken.

Cronulla fullback Will Kennedy had been sent off earlier in the game for a coat hanger tackle on Reece Walsh, but the Ramien has been handed a longer suspension.

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Kennedy and Ramien both copped a grade 3 careless high tackle charge, but the latter is facing two weeks instead of three due to his clean record.

“Ramien is looking at a week longer than what Kennedy is and at some point we’ve got to be serious about what we’re trying to do as a game,” Kent said.

“I don’t want to hear the argument from people about it ruining the contest and once it went down to 12 it ruined the contest and all this.

“It is still a sport, it is not a TV product there for TV entertainment purposes. It is still a sport and there are rules in sport.

“The ref was worried about sending two players off.”

Jesse Ramien was binned for this tackle.Source: FOX SPORTS

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Veteran journalist Phil Rothfield agreed with his colleague and believes the bunker was “scared” to make the tough call.

“It was the bunker who made the call and there is no question whatsoever if that incident happened earlier with Will Kennedy on the field, Ramien goes,” he said.

“They were scared to leave them with 11 players.

“I keep talking about consistency and common sense. Now another player this year will do an identical fight to Jesse Ramien and he’ll be marched, he’ll go, he’ll be sent off and that club will blow up.

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“We need to find people who can work in the bunker who have got the same view, the same consistency, the same common sense to act on these issues.”

Kent emphasized those people must be able to block out the massive scrutiny.

“They’ve also to have them, the capacity in their character to be able to ignore the outside noise,” he said.

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