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Price suspended for a week

23/04/2003 09:33:11 PM Comments (0)

A passionate plea from Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes combined with video evidence helped Queensland prop Steve Price escape the National Rugby League judiciary with a one match suspension.

Price successfully had his grade three careless high tackle charge, which carried a two week ban if found guilty, downgraded to grade two after citing video evidence from a tackle by Wests Tigers prop John Skandalis last weekend.

Price showed footage of Skandalis using a swinging arm twice in a tackle against Parramatta last weekend that resulted in the Tigers forward being charged with a grade one careless high tackle.

Flanked by Folkes and Bulldogs CEO Steve Mortimer, Price described Skandalis' tackle as "a lot worse" than his high shot on St George Illawarra forward Lance Thompson which left the Dragons backrower motionless on the ground for about a minute.

"I didn't use a swinging arm, there was no intent, I was attempting a ball-and-all tackle and Lance dropped his head," Price told the judiciary.

Folkes was also a passionate ally.

"In his 11 year, 250 game playing career, Steve has been charged three times and all three times he pleaded guilty because he thought they were warranted but he didn't and neither do I," Folkes told the judiciary.

"I thought he was overcharged. The reason we are here is that we genuinely believe the charge isn't warranted."

Folkes said recent grade three charges on Brisbane forwards Petero Civoniceva and Andrew Gee - which resulted in one week bans - were "like chalk and cheese" compared to Price.

Price will miss Saturday's clash with NRL leaders the Raiders at Canberra but was relieved to be available for the round eight home game with the New Zealand Warriors.

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