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Finch and Price facing bans

13/09/2004 08:30:05 PM Comments (0)

Canberra fullback Clinton Schifcofske has said there was no malice in the tackle which threatens to cost Sydney Roosters halfback Brett Finch a place in the grand final.

On a dramatic day for the remaining finals sides, Finch was charged with a dangerous throw by the match review committee following his tackle on Schifcofske in the second half of Sunday's match at Aussie Stadium.

Bulldogs captain Steve Price was also charged and could miss his side's sudden-death clash with Melbourne on Sunday.

However, Finch was the heavier hit and could pay dearly with a ban of up to three weeks.

"There was no malice in it," Schifcofske said.

"He's only a little fellow."

Asked if he would be willing to help Finch, Schifcofske replied: "For sure, no worries at all."

Schifcofske's generous offer came as suspended Penrith prop Ben Ross called for Finch to be banned for the remainder of the NRL finals series, stirring the bad blood between last year's grand finalists.

Finch's only hope of playing again this season would be to enter an early guilty plea and ask for a downgrading of the charge or to plead not guilty and win at the hearing.

The club was scouring video footage before making its decision but Ross - who was suspended for nine weeks earlier this season including six on a dangerous throw - had no doubt over what he thought should happen.

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