Barrie McDermott and Terry O’Connor have had their say in Gareth Hock’s most recent ban from the game. While O’Connor feels that a £300 fine is insufficient for a guilty verdict, McDermott says he would like for Hock to see a Sports Psychologist.
The Boots ‘n’ All team opened the show with a discussion about the incident from last weekend in which the Salford forward was deemed to have deliberately collided with the referee.
The seven-game ban will rule Hock out for the remainder of the regular season, meaning the 30-year-old will only feature again if 12th-placed Salford climb into the play-off places.
The second rower was also fined £300 by an independent disciplinary panel meeting at the RFL’s headquarters in Leeds.
Frustratingly for his club, this is Hock’s third ban relating to making contact with a referee. In 2008 he was banned for five matches for pushing a referee and last year he received a four-match ban for deliberately making contact with an official.
He also received a five-match ban for gouging and punching a player, and a two-year ban in 2009 for testing positive for cocaine.
“It’s a fair rap sheet when you look at all the statistics,” said Terry O’Connor.
“He’s an immense talent. If he plays for your side you’d love him playing for your side, but if he plays against you, you’d hate him because he’s that aggressive in the way he plays the game.”
“Gareth Hock plays the game on the edge.”
O’Connor admitted that while Hock is a friend of his, if he is guilty of deliberately colliding with the referee then the fine he received is too lenient.
“If he did mean to nail the referee then a £300 fine in my opinion is not enough.”
“He has had problems in the past with his discipline because the red mist falls.”
Fellow pundit Barrie McDermott showed sympathy for the player in his lapse of judgement, and said he would like to see Hock’s club make an attempt to help the player with his disciplinary issues.
“He’s momentarily lost his composure, albeit he’s done it before.”
“What I would like to see is somebody to sit down with Gareth Hock - a sports psychologist. Go through his game and go through his thought patterns.”