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SBW escapes ban despite NRL charge

Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner faces a one-week suspension after being charged with striking by the NRL match review panel on Monday.
SBW escapes ban despite NRL charge
by AAP

By Joe Barton

SYDNEY, June 10 AAP - Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner faces a one-week suspension after being charged with striking by the NRL match review panel on Monday.

Star teammate Sonny Bill Williams received better news, however, and is free to face the Warriors next Sunday after escaping with a grade-one careless high tackle.

Williams will accrue just 75 points, or 56 with an early plea, ensuring he will miss no football for the high shot on Parramatta's Matt Ryan in Friday night's 38-24 victory.

Ryan was also the victim of Cordner's offence, getting caught up in a brawl midway through the second half.

Cordner will miss the Warriors clash even with an early guilty plea, but has until midday (AEST) on Tuesday to decide whether to take his case to the NRL judiciary on Wednesday.

The grade-one charge is lesser than that which was levelled at NSW skipper Paul Gallen for his flurry of punches on Queensland enforcer Nate Myles in last week's State of Origin series opener.

Gallen missed Cronulla's loss to Melbourne on Sunday night.

Parramatta prop Darcy Lussick recently returned from a two-game ban for striking but said the Gallen-Myles fight was what everyone wanted to see in Origin.

"That's what everyone wants to see in an Origin game," said Lussick, who also copped a three-match suspension in 2011 for his role in the 'Battle of Brookvale'.

"I thought it was quite good of Nate Myles to come out after and say that's Origin and that it should be left on the field.

"The fans enjoy that in an Origin game. It's good that everyone can move on now."


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