Tedesco charged over ugly Papenhuyzen trip

Tedesco charged over ugly Papenhuyzen trip

Roosters captain James Tedesco has been charged by the NRL match review committee for tripping Ryan Papenhuyzen during his side’s loss to the Storm.

The fullback stuck his leg out and collected his opposing No.1 during the second half of the 18-12 loss at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

Tedesco will be fined $750 if he takes the early guilty plea, but risks a $1000 fine if he opts to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses. 

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The 31-year-old pleaded with referee Ashley Klein after being placed on report, but the official explained the decision rather clearly.

“Your leg came out, you have to have two hands on him,” Klein said.

Andrew Johns questioned why Tedesco avoided further punishment on the night.

“In the good old days, that was an automatic send-off,” he said on the Nine broadcast.

“Why isn’t that a sin-bin? You were straight off [in previous years].”

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was also cited by the MRC and was hit with a grade one dangerous contact charge for an incident with Christian Welch, but will escape suspension and cop a $1800 fine with an early plea.

The 35-year-old was also penalised for a dangerous tackle in the final minute of the loss, but has escaped penalty from the judiciary for that incident. 

Both players will be free to play for the Roosters in the traditional Anzac Day fixture against St George Illawarra next Thursday. 

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