Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Poore Able to Play but Scott Isn't Free for the Weekend

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Poore Able to Play but Scott Isn't Free for the Weekend

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JUSTIN Poore's stunning run with rugby league officialdom continued last night when the St George Illawarra front-rower was virtually let off scot free for his dangerous throw tackle on Penrith winger Shane Elford.

Poore's counsel Geoff Bellew SC successfully put forward a case for a downgrade of the grade two charge, following a tackle which forced Elford from the field and left the Panthers veteran with several facial injuries.

The grade-one penalty of 120 points was then further reduced by way of Poore's early guilty plea, the final tally of 93 points not enough to stop the NSW State of Origin prop from taking on Canberra on Saturday.

The carry-over points do, however, mean Poore will need to be on his best behaviour for the rest of the season, with even the slightest indiscretion to result in a ban.

"I'm very happy with the hearing I received and I'm very excited to play Canberra this week," was all Poore offered after the hearing, his availability sure to help the Dragons in their bid to secure the NRL minor premiership. …

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