Judiciary update

  • by NRL
  • June 28 2005 12:00AM

Melbourne backrower Ryan Hoffman has pleaded guilty to a grapple tackle but will contest the grading at the NRL judiciary at Sydney tomorrow night.

The Storm says it hopes to have the contrary conduct charge reduced from grade three to two.

If successful, Hoffman will miss two matches but will be banned for four if the ruling goes against him. Eels five-eighth John Morris and Newcastle hooker Luke Quigley entered early guilty pleas to their charges and have escaped bans.

Sydney Roosters forward Adrian Morley will fight a knee lifting charge at the NRL tomorrow night. Morley will be banned for three weeks if found guilty. The British international will join Roosters teammate Ryan Cross who has pleaded not guilty to a contrary conduct charge that has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary.

Cross is expected to face a ban of up to eight weeks if found guilty after Parramatta secondrower Glenn Morrison levelled eye-gouging claims at Cross during the Roosters' 12-8 NRL clash at Aussie Stadium last Friday night.

Morrison had his own charge to contend with, pleading guilty to a grade one careless high tackle charge but will not be suspended. Meanwhile his backrow buddy Nathan Hindmarsh will be fighting for his NSW Origin spot when he contests a grapple tackle charge. Hindmarsh will be outed for a match if found guilty.

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