2022-05-21 02:09:00

Manly forward Haumole Olakau’atu looks set to escape a suspension for his crusher tackle on Parramatta star Clinton Gutherson in the Sea Eagles’ narrow 22-20 loss.

Olakau’atu’s incident occurred in the 62nd minute, not long after the Eels had crossed over for a try of their own.

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The NRL Judiciary handed down a grade 1 crusher tackle charge on the 23-year-old as he now appears set to be available for the Sea Eagles’ match against the Melbourne Storm on Thursday.


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Haumole Olakau’atu could escape suspension over his crusher tackle on Clinton Gutherson. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Olakau’atu will face a two-match ban if he unsuccessfully challenges the Judiciary’s ruling, but would be able to play the Storm if he cops a $3,000 fine by taking the early guilty plea.

His Manly teammate Sean Keppie also looks set to avoid suspension for his dangerous throw involving Eels enforcer Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

Keppie will be free to face the Storm if he takes the early guilty plea coupled with a $1,000 fine.

However, that fine will rise to $1,500 if he decides to take on the Judiciary and lose.

In the earlier game on Friday night, the Bulldogs’ Aaron Schoupp was sin-binned for a tackle on Wests Tigers star Starford To’a and resulted in the Canterbury man copping a grade one dangerous throw charge.

Schoupp faces a $1,000-$1,500 fine.

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Source by [graycupnews.com]


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