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Parramatta fans will be breathing huge sighs of relief after news their star fullback,Jarryd Hayne, has been charged with a grade one dangerous contact charge, meaning he is free to play in next Sunday's NRL grand final if he takes an early guilty plea.
Hayne was charged after colliding with Bulldogs winger Bryson Goodwin with a knee to head in the early minutes of Friday night's preliminary final, which the Eels won 22-12.
The grade one charge carries a 100-point base penalty, which is increased to 120 points as a result of a prior offence relating from a dangerous throw against Brisbane last year.
A 25 per cent discount for an early guilty plea reduces the penalty to below the 100-point barrier at which a one week suspension kicks in.
The news will come as a massive relief to Hayne, with the Dally M winner having been in blistering form over the back half of the season.
But the news from the match review committee was even better for the Eels with hooker Matthew Keating also charged with grade one dangerous contact for his chicken wing tackle on Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant.
Like Hayne, Keating will be free to play in the grand final with an early guilty plea.