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Folkes questions fairness of charging

By Brent Read and Daniel Pace 14/09/2004 10:01:35 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes questioned whether all NRL clubs were working under the same rules as his captain Steve Price and Sydney Roosters half Brett Finch prepared to roll the dice at the NRL judiciary.

Finch pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw but the Roosters will contest the grading of the grade two offence in an attempt to clear their classy No.7 for the remainder of the finals.

That news came as the Bulldogs confirmed they would take their chances at the judiciary Wednesday night with Price, who will attempt to beat a grade one striking charge.

Folkes took a thinly veiled swipe at the NRL over the charge laid against Price, who retaliated to what he thought was a head slamming tackle by North Queensland's Glenn Morrison.

Asked whether he thought Morrison should have been charged, Folkes said: "That's not for me to say but I thought that were a couple of incidents on the weekend which possibly could've brought charges, both for the same offence.

"There seem to be rules for some, rules for others."

At least Price is a chance of playing again this season, even if he doesn't get the desired result Wednesday night.

The Roosters and Finch - likely to be represented by chief executive Brian Canavan and Michael Conn, a prominent lawyer and Roosters board member - have a lot more to lose.

If they're successful in having his charge downgraded, Finch will be free to play in the club's next match - the preliminary final in two weeks time.

If they fail, Finch will cop a two-match ban, ruling him out of both the preliminary final and the grand final on October 3, should the Roosters get that far.

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