Judiciary news

Bulldogs star Willie Mason and North Queensland backrower Jacob Lillyman are free to play this weekend after no charges were laid by the NRL match review committee.

Lillyman was put on report for a first half high tackle on Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten in the Cowboys' 20-18 win on Saturday night, but was cleared of having a case to answer.

The news would have come as welcome relief to Cowboys coach Graham Murray, his forward pack already decimated by injury ahead of Sunday's semi-final clash against the New Zealand Warriors.

Murray wouldn't have been as happy to see Mason escape a charge after the Test prop floored Johnathan Thurston with a high shot after the Cowboys skipper had kicked the ball.