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Wests Tigers Fulton cops one game ban

By Steve Jancetic 14/02/2011 08:32:56 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton will miss just one NRL trial match after benefiting from a double discount on a dangerous throw charge.

The match review committee on Monday handed Fulton a grade two charge after an ugly tackle on Johnathan Thurston in Saturday night's All Stars clash on the Gold Coast - an infringement which carries a base penalty of 325 points.

But discounts for an early guilty plea and a clean record over the last seven seasons reduced the ban to just one game - which Fulton will serve when the Tigers take on Parramatta in Saturday night's pre-season clash at Campbelltown Stadium.

He will be back on deck for the Tigers' final trial, when they take on Sydney Roosters on February 26. Fulton was lucky to avoid a longer stint on the sidelines given Thurston was placed in a precarious position.

Fulton was one of three players to earn the ire of the match review committee, with Canberra's Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and his Indigenous All Stars team-mate Ryan James also charged.

Learoyd-Lahrs will escape suspension with an early guilty plea after making late contact with his knees following Brett Morris' third-minute try, while James will miss one game with an early plea after being charged over a crusher tackle.

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