Farah & Watts Charged with Striking

steven_tiger

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Not so! He's free to play!

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah and Cowboys counterpart Anthony Watts have both been charged with striking after punches were thrown in Sunday’s clash at Leichhardt Oval – although Farah is set to avoid suspension.
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Farah was hit with a grade-one charge and will dodge a ban with an early guilty plea, while Watts is set to be sidelined for a week over a grade two charge after the pair traded blows during the first half.
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Farah will be given 93 carryover points if he submits a guilty plea, which will ensure a suspension should he face any further charges this season.

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The message here is

Two props fighting it toe to toe in Origin is ok

A hooker getting square for a blindside king hit in the next scrum is a breech of the rules.

It was sorted on the field
 

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All arse up.

Some cat can kick a player in the face and play the following game, yet two blokes having a fgood ol, sort it out on field and leave it onfield face further suspension???

What a joke!
 

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we should fite it both robbie and benji have lots of carry over points and might both get suspended later in the year before a important game imagine if we make the grand final and they both get charged with somethingsmall then both miss it and we lose remember cam smith last year
 

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The boys did a pretty good job on covering it up for the cameras… If the game wasn't so crucial he should fight it because he'll get off... but considering we need him... accept the charge and behave for the rest of the year rob
 
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The double standards continue. Shayne Hayne even said to Robbie on the way to the scrum "keep it short and sweet", which he did. The only games we have left where I would feel comfortable of a Tigers victory minus Farah would be against Cronulla and the Roosters, maybe the Eels. Hopefully he steers clear of any further charges this season.
 

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Give me a break…fight it..... get off It happend last Wednesday for christ's sake.....
 

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How can Farah be charged? No camera angle shows that he threw the first punch and WE got the penalty from the scrum…
 

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The NRL have lost touch with reality.

The NRL are as poorly administrated as the Wests Tigers.
 

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Good news, looks like he'll get off:

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah charged with striking but likely to escape ban
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By Steve Jancetic
July 20, 2009
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NRL match review committee chairman Greg McCallum has warned players that fighting will not be tolerated as rival hookers Robbie Farah and Anthony Watts were both found guilty of striking.
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The match review committee charged Wests Tigers skipper Farah and North Queensland's Watts with striking after the pair exchanged punches during separate scrums at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
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**<big>Farah can escape a ban with an early guilty plea for his retaliatory punch after he was hit by Watts in a scrum just two minutes earlier.</big>**
Watts was slapped with a sterner grade two charge and will cop one week with an early plea or two weeks if he takes the case to the judiciary and loses.
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The vicious end to Origin III - where a series of brawls followed the one-on-one dust-up between Steve Price and Brett White - had received widespread approval from fans.
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Neither Price nor White were charged as a result of the punch-up.
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But McCallum, who could not speak about the Farah and Watts charges until after their cases had been resolved, warned players against taking matters into their own hands.
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It comes in light of threats from the likes of Maroons centre Justin Hodges of a get-square with several NSW rivals.
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“On Wednesday night it was very much the case that two players had engaged each other, both had the opportunity not to fight but chose to fight,'' McCallum said.
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“It's not something that the game condones - but there are differences between two players one-on-one engaging in a fight and other things that may happen.''
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Farah is expected to take the early plea to ensure his availability for Sunday's vital clash with Canberra in the nation's capital, while it is believed Watts may challenge the grading of his charge.
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Both players have until midday on Tuesday to enter their pleas.
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If Watts is cleared, the hooker may battle to be fit for North Queensland's Saturday night clash with Penrith after emerging worse for wear.
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Cowboys football manager Dean Lance said Watts had not pulled up well on Monday, with one eye completely closed.
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Losing Watts either to the judiciary or injury would be a nightmare for Henry who is already without No.1 hooker and vice-captain Aaron Payne (pectoral) and his understudy Clint Amos (knee) for the season.
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Bulldogs winger Matt Utai can escape suspension with an early guilty plea after he was charged with a grade one dangerous throw offence in Friday night's win over Gold Coast.
 

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@Jazza said:
Good news, looks like he'll get off:

**<big>Farah can escape a ban with an early guilty plea for his retaliatory punch after he was hit by Watts in a scrum just two minutes earlier.</big>**

Fight it…..precedent...avoid carry over points....
 

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I reckon we would beat it if we fought it! I am guessing we will take the early plea however.
 
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