Gidley cleared at NRL judiciary
Newcastle captain Kurt Gidley has successfully challenged his grade one dangerous contact charge, while Manly forward Justin Horo and Parramatta's Manu Ma'u will both miss game time with bans for dangerous contact in Round 13 of the Telstra Premiership.
Gidley was handed a grade one dangerous contact charge by the match review committee for his indiscretion on Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin, but was found not guilty at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.
Horo's charge of dangerous contact to the head/neck of Broncos fullback Darius Boyd also had a base penalty of 100 points but he has a 50 per cent loading for a similar offence within the past two years. Horo has taken an early guilty plea and will serve a one-match suspension with 12 carry-over points. He will miss Manly's Round 15 clash with Wests Tigers.
NSW Blues and Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce was also hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge to the head/neck of Sharks winger Michael Gordon, but has escaped a ban with an early guilty plea. Pearce now has 75 carry-over points.
Blues prop James Tamou will also escape suspension with an early guilty plea for his grade one dangerous contact charge on Parramatta's Pauli Pauli.
Ma'u was charged in Monday night's match against the Cowboys for grade two dangerous contact to the head/neck of Ray Thompson. Ma'u also has a 20 per cent loading for a non-similar offence in the past two years and also has 63 carry-over points, meaning he will serve a two-match ban following his early guilty plea.
The other player charged over the weekend was Tigers forward Sauaso Sue who copped a grade two careless high tackle charge on Titans five-eighth Aidan Sezer. Sue has escaped a ban with an early guilty plea, but now has 93 carry-over points.