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Timmins to miss one week in busy
night for judiciary
St George Illawarra Dragons' utility player Shaun Timmins has been suspended for one match after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle by the NRL judiciary tonight. The verdict will see the Test five eighth miss this Sunday's match against the Warriors at Kogarah.
In last weekend's match at WIN Stadium, Timmins was penalised for going high on former Dragons' forward Colin Ward who now plays with the Panthers.
Claiming that Ward veered away and then ducked, making high contact unavoidable, Timmins said, "I did hit him high, but I tried to pull out of it once it happened."
Dragons chief executive Peter Doust unsuccessfully attempted to have Timmins' grade two charge downgraded. Doust noted that referee Paul Simpkins deemed a penalty to be sufficient and opted not to place the incident on report.
"He didn't require any medical attention and he does go on and complete the match unaffected," Doust said of Ward.
But the judiciary panel of Ian Roberts, Mal Cochrane and Darrell Williams and commissioner Jim Hall deemed that the tackle was more careless and forceful than a grade one misdemeanour. Timmins received a penalty of 187 points which equates to a one week suspension with 87 carry-over points.
In a busy night for the judiciary, Melbourne's Mitchell Sargent has been found guilty of a grade one Dangerous Throw charge and will miss two matches plus a further 90 carry-over points.
In other cases being heard, the judiciary agreed to downgrade Cronulla's Daniel Dumas' grade three Dangerous Throw charge to a grade two offence. Dumas will miss two weeks after receiving a 225 point penalty.
Meanwhile, Cronulla team mate Sam Isemonger was suspended for three matches, with 60 carry-over points, after being found guilty of a Dangerous Throw grade two charge. Isemonger pleaded not guilty to a grade three Careless Throw charge which was not accepted but he was successful in having the charge downgraded.
The final case saw Cronulla's Dale Newton being suspended for two weeks after being found guilty of a grade two Careless High Tackle charge. Newton had been charged with a grade three Careless High Tackle but successfully argued for a down grading to grade two with 80 carry over points.