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Woolford's NRL suspension appeal fails

20/07/2005 07:54:29 PM Comments (0)

Canberra captain Simon Woolford's bid seeking leave to appeal his eight-week suspension was denied by NRL judiciary chairman Greg Woods.

The Raiders were seeking to have Woolford's dangerous throw charge reduced from a grade two to a grade one offence.

The tackle against Storm fullback Billy Slater on July 9 has sparked heated debate over the judiciary system, which will be reviewed at season's end.

Woolford said it was unfortunate he was the "guinea pig" for proposed changes to the judiciary system in which the complicated practice of loading for previous offences would be reviewed.

"I'm sort of a guinea pig I guess but in a positive sense there's going to be changes at the end of the year," said Woolford.

"It's too late for me, which is unfortunate.

"The thing which disappoints me the most is that common sense didn't prevail in this instance.

"They can talk about legal issues, rules and appeals all they like but at the end of the day the common sense thing was for me to have that sentence reduced and it didn't happen.

"I'm serving a two-month suspension for what many people believe to be a good tackle and that's disappointing."

Woods suggested in his report that Woolford take a "careful look at his method of tackling which seems to have resulted in so many offences in the last several years".

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