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Timmins free to play, Woolford out

By Steve Jancetic 20/04/2005 09:44:36 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra lock Shaun Timmins is free to play in Monday's Anzac Day blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters after successfully having his high tackle charge downgraded at the NRL Judiciary.

Timmins, who pleaded guilty to a high tackle charge stemming from his hit on Brisbane fullback Karmichael Hunt at WIN Stadium on Sunday, had the charge reduced from a grade two to a grade one careless high tackle.

But the news wasn't so good for Canberra skipper Simon Woolford, who will miss the Raiders' next two matches against Melbourne and Newcastle after being found guilty of a grade one careless high tackle.

Dan O'Sullivan, who was representing Timmins, argued Hunt's head was falling due to the involvement of centre Matt Cooper in the tackle when the Dragons lock came in contact with his head.

The former international was obviously elated with the downgrade, which was worth 84 points, clearing him to take on the Roosters.

"I'm looking forward to Monday's match, it's a good game and I'm very happy I'm gonna be there," Timmins said after the ruling was handed down.

"I would have been pretty disappointed if I missed out, but I'm very happy with the hearing and looking forward to the game.

"I was pretty confident going in there, I felt I had a pretty good case, just very happy with the way it worked out."

Dragons coach Nathan Brown said he was happy he would have all hands on deck for the Dragons' crucial clash against the Roosters.

"We just got all of our players back so to lose one straight away would have been disappointing," Brown said.

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