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Docker beats dangerous throw charge

Dan Walsh & Matt Encarnacion NRL.com Wed, Apr 23, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Penrith's Adam Docker will take his place in the line-up against the Sharks on Saturday night. Copyright: Robb Cox.

Panthers forward Adam Docker will be free to take on the Sharks this Saturday afternoon after being found not guilty of a dangerous throw at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. 

Docker was one of seven players charged by the match review committee for a dangerous throw but was the only one to contest it. 

In other judiciary news from Round 7, Penrith captain Kevin Kingston escaped suspension for his role in the same tackle with an early guilty plea, while Titans prop Matt White will spend the next fortnight on the sidelines after also taking an early guilty plea for his Grade 2 offence for a dangerous throw charge on Docker in the 61st minute. 

Knights prop Willie Mason is already out for two weeks after accepting an early guilty plea for his Grade 2 shoulder charge in Newcastle's loss to the Broncos.

Also, Wests Tigers prop Martin Taupau was charged with a Grade 1 dangerous throw arising from a tackle on Parramatta's Fuifui Moimoi during the black-and-golds' win but will escape a ban with an early guilty plea.

Four other players - Bulldogs duo Tim Browne and Dale Finucane, plus the Warriors' Nathan Friend and Canberra's David Shillington - have escaped suspension with early guilty pleas.

Brown and Finucane each were hit with dangerous throw charges arising from the same 35th-minute tackle on South Sydney's Ben Lowe last Friday; Friend was handed his rap after a 17th-minute dangerous throw on Dragons winger Jason Nightingale; and Shillington earned the committee's scrutiny with dangerous contact on Melbourne's Ryan Hinchcliffe in the 12th minute of their clash in Canberra on Sunday.