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Broncos to use Berrigan's clean skin record

By Wayne Heming 23/04/2003 06:23:44 AM Comments (0)

Brisbane officials have dug out Shaun Berrigan's scrapbook in a bid to save the budding halfback from his first suspension.

The National Rugby League has charged Berrigan with contrary conduct after he lashed out with his boot trying to kick the ball from rival Brad Fittler's hands during last Friday night's 27-20 loss to the Roosters.

Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen agreed Berrigan's indiscretion deserved some action but felt missing a match was too harsh a penalty.

Cullen said Berrigan's grade two contrary conduct charge carried a clause which granted a player with a clean record for seven years of grade football a 25 per cent discount.

Brisbane have written proof of Berrigan playing grade football for the Beenleigh Bulls in 1996 in the Gold Coast first grade Group 18 competition before playing first grade in the Queensland Cup.

Under the NRL's rule definitions, grade football covers first grade, reserve grade, President's Cup or any comparable senior grade football.

With an early guilty plea and a discount for a clean judiciary slate, Berrigan could reduce his points from 175 to 87 points, keeping him on the field against Parramatta on Friday night.

"We'll ask the judiciary to consider the discount and if they knock that back, and I don't see how they can, then we'd have to look at what we do then," said Cullen.

"We believe there should have been a charge and we accept that.

"But we think the charge was a bit high compared to Andrew Gee and Petro Civoniceva last week and Steve Price, whose victim had to be carried off."

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