Saturday, December 4, 2021

Cameron Munster escapes sanction from NRL match review committee

Queensland’s Cameron Munster has escaped a charge from the match review committee, after being placed on report during last night’s State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.

Munster appeared to knee James Tedesco as the Blues skipper cleaned up a grubber kick in the second half.

Any charge would have come with a suspension had Munster been found guilty, having already been fined twice this season for grade one dangerous contact.

Munster was fined for kicking blues back-rower Liam Martin during the opening Origin match earlier this month, and days later was also fined for kicking Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in a club match.

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The incident with Tuivasa-Sheck drew the ire of Munster’s club coach, Craig Bellamy.

“He has to rein it in a lot,” Bellamy said. “You just can’t do that. He just needs to cut that out of his game.”

Munster will now be free to line up for Melbourne in Thursday’s match against the roosters in Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s Ali Brigginshaw is facing a one-match ban for after being charged with contrary conduct from Friday night’s women’s State of origin match.

Brigginshaw was charged after a hair-pulling incident in the 35th minute involving Kennedy Cherrington.

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If she takes the early guilty plea she’ll miss the opening round of the NRLW season, ending her perfect record in that competition.

Brigginshaw has played 12 matches for Brisbane across the three seasons of the NRLW, the only player who hasn’t missed a game.

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She’s unlikely to fight the charge, having conceded on ABC Radio that she’s guilty.

“Yep, I did it,” Brigginshaw said.

“Me and Kennedy have a bit of a rivalry, so she drove the shoulder up through my jaw and I retaliated.

“Hey, that’s Origin footy.”

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