Panthers let Ross ban ride

Penrith has decided against appealing the nine-week NRL suspension of Ben Ross.

Penrith football operations manager Michael Leary said the club had discussed the possibility of an appeal with former NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall, who represented Ross at the judiciary earlier this week.

"We are of the opinion that new evidence would be required for an appeal to succeed and we have none," Leary said.

"We received a fair hearing and will leave it at that."

Ross was found guilty of a grade three dangerous throw tackle on Canberra's Jason Croker in last weekend's 42-8 win over the Raiders at Penrith Stadium.

He was outed for six weeks after having the charge successfully reduced from a grade four offence which would have carried an eight-week ban.

Ross then copped a further three-week ban for a grade two striking offence against Ian Hindmarsh in the same match.

The 24-year-old Queenslander will only play again this season if Penrith qualifies for the grand final.

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