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Gallen clear of high tackle charge

29/04/2009 08:40:58 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart provided a winning re-enactment before Paul Gallen vowed not to change his aggressive tactics with the Sharks captain cleared of a high tackle at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Gallen was found not guilty of a high tackle and will play the Sydney Roosters on Saturday while Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis was earlier cleared of a chicken wing and cleared to face the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

It is a significant boost to both players' representative chances as Gallen's Test position goes on the line this week while Ennis gets a chance to battle head-to-head with his main rival for the NSW No.9 jersey Robbie Farah.

Gallen appeared all but certain of a suspension when he faced the judiciary for the first time in five years as his victim - South Sydney's Craig Wing - was concussed in the tackle and did not return to play.

But Stuart delivered a passionate plea to the panel about Gallen's tackle and his reaction to the incident.

In an extraordinary move, Stuart stood up in front of the panel members, playing the part of Gallen in the tackle as the captain took on the role of Wing.

Stuart physically illustrated how Gallen's position in the tackle had made it impossible for contact to be made with the shoulder or the arm, saying Wing's head bounced off his player's chest.

The under-siege coach said Gallen had been "walking on glass" with his on-field behaviour in his first game back from a two-week suspension for striking but did not react like he'd done anything wrong when Wing appeared dazed.

"He is on a tight leash, walking on broken glass every game because he does have a bad record," said Stuart.

"He did not react as though 'I'm stuffed here'.

"There was no reaction." Gallen thanked his coach afterwards and defence counsel Geoff Bellew SC for clearing him of the charge.

"I'm glad I got the opportunity to come and defend myself from the allegation," said Gallen.

"I knew it was not a high shot or a cheap shot.

"I'm definitely relieved I was found innocent.

"I will just go out there and play footy as hard and as tough as I can.

"I don't go out there to do anything wrong. I will keep playing the way I've always played footy." While Gallen gets one last chance to prove he deserves to keep his Test jumper before new coach Tim Sheens names his Kangaroos side on Sunday, Ennis now has two cracks at Farah in the battle for the Blues.

The two hookers will go head-to-head on Sunday and, barring injury, again in the City-Country clash five days later in Orange on May 8.

Ennis was cleared of a chicken wing tackle on Canberra's Josh Dugan by arguing he wrenched at his arm because the Raiders fullback had thrust it into his throat applying considerable pressure.

Ennis was relieved to be cleared of the wrestling tactic and said he was looking forward to Sunday's game, but denied it had special significance given his clash with Farah.

""It's just another week, there's a few to go yet," said Ennis.

"It's important I get my preparation right like I did the last seven weeks.

"This week is no different.

"I will be back to training tomorrow and it'll be business as usual." Earlier on Wednesday Gold Coast prop Matthew White entered an early guilty plea to a grade three crusher tackle and was banned for three games.

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