Sharks five-eighth James Maloney in action against the Rabbitohs in Round 24.

Maloney takes early guilty plea

Sharks five-eighth James Maloney has accepted an early guilty plea for a high tackle, the only player cited in Cronulla's Round 24 Telstra Premiership loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Monday night.

 

Slapped with a grade one careless high tackle charge for his hit on Rabbitohs centre Aaron Gray in the 73rd minute of the contest, Maloney escapes suspension despite one prior non-similar offence in the past two years increasing the base penalty for the charge from 75 points to 90 points.