NRL judiciary ban Panthers star for three weeks as Radley, Latrell plead cases

The NRL judiciary hold the immediate futures of the Latrell Mitchell, Victor Radley and Paul Momirovski in their hands as all three men looked to get downgrades from their grade two charges.

Paul Momirovski was first up and handed a three match ban by the judiciary, while Radley was given a reprieve, winning a downgrade and will be free to play on Sunday.

Mitchell is now up.

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Mitchell was handed three charges from the clash with the Tigers, including a kick out at Luke Garner, while also being charged for sliding into Garner with his knees after he scored a try. He was charged $1600 for each of these incidents.

But he is facing four-weeks on the sideline after he was charged over his high tackle on David Nofoaluma.

Radley is seeking to get his charge downgraded after a high tackle on Cameron Munster that saw him sin binned, while Momirovski was charged over a late, high shot on the Broncos’ Tom Dearden.

The judiciary panel consists of Ben Creagh, Dallas Johnson and Bob Lindner.

Radley wins downgrade, free to play

Victor Radley has won a downgrade after his high tackle on Cameron Munster.

He will now only need to pay a $1900 fine and will be free to play the Dragons on Sunday afternoon.

Radley declined to talk to media but flashed a smile and a thumbs up on his way out of the hearing.

Radley’s high shot on Cameron Munster sparked plenty of debate over the weekend, looking at whether it should have been a send off, and whether sides would look to game the new concussion rules.

NRL counsel Nick McGrath said it was “plain to see that player Radley was wrong-footed” by Munster and that he carelessly “threw out” his arm.

McGrath also pointed to Munster leaving the field but quickly returning, something the Storm admitted was “tactical”, but said it didn’t mean there wasn’t risk of injury, as Radley ran off the line quickly and appeared to hit Munster with a closed fist.

But McGrath also pointed to two grade one tackles to compare to, something Radley’s representative James McLeod jumped on.

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He said that McGrath’s choices showed that it should be seen as a grade one.

McLeod argued it was “clumsy” but that it was low force.

“It’s not a forearm, it’s not a stiff-arm, it’s not a clenched fist as my friend suggested – it’s a grabbing action,” McLeod was quoted as saying by the NRL.com.

“[Radley’s] wrongdoing is limited to someone who got out of position threw out an arm, tried to grab the ball-carrier and got it slightly wrong.”

Momirovski rubbed out for three matches

Paul Momirovski has failed to downgrade his high shot on Tom Dearden, despite the shot being missed on field during the Panthers’ win over the Broncos and will spend the next three weeks on the sideline.

It was the 16th minute of the first half of the clash but the referees didn’t react, although it was seen by the commentators.

“Momirovski definitely takes high Dearden out late and it looked a little dangerous,” Fox League’s Braith Anasta said.

“Usually given a penalty I would think. They’ve missed on there.”

“He ends up quite clearly around the head there of Tom Dearden,” Warren Smith added.

But he was handed the three week suspension.

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NRL counsel Peter McGrath told the panel that Momirovski “launched himself into the tackle” and left his feet, making the contact “unacceptable”.

It was compared to an incident from last season where retired Roosters hooker Jake Friend was charged with and pleaded guilty a grade one contact on the Dragons’ Adam Clune, with McGrath explaining that Friend stayed on the ground was “less careless” than Momirovski.

Momirovski’s representative Nick Ghabar argued the high contact came from Dearden lifting his arm to defend himself, pushing Momirovski’s arm up high.

Ghabar said added the tackle “wouldn’t have ended up as high without deflection”, and that because he was trying to wrap Dearden in the tackle, it had a “cradling-like contact”.

It took 20 minutes for the panel to come to its decision.

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