Sydney Roosters’ Victor Radley free to play, cops fine for shot on Cameron Munster
Sydney Roosters star Victor Radley has successfully had his grade-two careless contact charge on Cameron Munster downgraded to a grade-one charge.
It means Radley will not be suspended and will instead cop a $1900 fine. He is free to turn out this Sunday for the Roosters’ ANZAC clash against the Dragons.
The 23-year-old would have missed two games if he had taken an early guilty plea, and risked a three-match suspension if he failed at the NRL Judiciary. But the Roosters’ gamble has paid off.
NRL prosecutor Peter McGrath argued Radley “accelerated” towards Munster and said he believed it was a “real contributor” to the tackle.
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“[Radley] doesn’t launch himself,” McGrath said. “But he doesn’t show the care he should and flings out the left arm and making contact with Munster.”
Radley’s counsel James McLeod argued the Rooster’s errant arm was “clumsy” but that it was low force.
“It’s not a forearm, it’s not a stiff-arm, it’s not a clenched fist as my friend suggested – it’s a grabbing action,” McLeod was quoted as saying by the NRL.com.
“[Radley’s] wrongdoing is limited to someone who got out of position threw out an arm, tried to grab the ball-carrier and got it slightly wrong.”
Meanwhile, Penrith’s Paul Momirovski failed to have his shot on Broncos’ Tom Dearden downgraded. He’ll miss three weeks on the sidelines.