Broncos prop Ryan James has silenced claims he milked a penalty during his side’s Friday night clash with the Broncos.
Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was placed on report for a tackle on the Brisbane forward in which he grabbed James’ ankle before driving forward into his leg in the tight encounter.
Fox League’s Greg Alexander said it was a “pedantic penalty” during coverage of the game as the Broncos were awarded a penalty.
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James got back to hit feet after the Roosters prop was put on report, finishing the game before claiming he panicked, having already suffered multiple knee injuries in his career.
“No footy player goes out to intentionally hurt anyone in that manner, but there was the initial shock for me because I had already had two reconstructions on that same knee,” James said to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It was in an awkward position. We’ve always had a good running battle. He tried to get a quick play-the-ball for his team, my ankle got caught, and he happened to have a hold of me.
“There were plenty of words said in between, but he [later] asked if I was all good, and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m all sweet, I was just a bit panicked there for a second’.
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“I’ve got a bit of patella pain at the moment, but other than that I’ll be sweet. The physios checked it Friday night. It’s a contact sport, we sign up to play it, and that’s what it is.
“It was one of those things where everything that happened in the moment ended up not working – him trying to get a quick play-the-ball didn’t work.”
The match review committee are yet to release the charge sheet from Friday’s games as they continue to investigate additional camera angles from the early clash in Redcliffe, where there were claims of a homophobic slur.