I have no problem with Simoni’s spirited play and the over-whelming majority of his tackles. He has come to embody the toughness of our defence, like Joe Montford, Ben Zambiasi, Ralph Goldston, Angelo Mosca.
It is the hits when the player is already down that are costing Simoni. The hit on Zach was late, and aimed at his head. The fine on the Carey ankle grab was because it was after the play. The late hit on Kilgore came when he was down and laying east-west, obviously not advancing, although to Simoni’s credit, the major impact seemed to be more to Kilgore’s shoulder. Simoni is a multi-year veteran, an all-star linebacker, he should know the limits of a legal versus an illegal tackle, and especially a tackle that is over the line leading into disciplinary action.
A hand on the downed player with a leap over his body still says “I’m here, keep your head up”, and doesn’t draw a flag or a fine. If the hit was to come when the player is upright or even in the process of falling to the ground, I can see the argument that the tackler was committed. When the player is down, held by one or more team-mates, further hits are over the line.
Edit: Fixed the misspelled names