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Rapira, Rodney free for NRL finals

12/09/2011 01:08:48 PM Comments (0)

Warriors front rower Sam Rapira is set to take on the Wests Tigers in Friday's elimination NRL final despite being charged for a dangerous throw.

The New Zealand international's tackle on Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough in Saturday night's 40-10 loss only attracted a grade one charge from the match review panel.

An early guilty plea will allow him to face the Tigers in Sydney.

Manly forward Shane Rodney was charged with a grade one careless high tackle from his team's 42-8 win over North Queensland, but will escape suspension regardless of his plea.

It means he'll be available for the Sea Eagles' preliminary final in two weeks time against the winner of Brisbane and St George Illawarra.

Rodney struck North Queensland's Cory Paterson high, however it had nothing to do with the neck injury suffered by the Cowboys forward in the same tackle.

Cowboys winger Ash Graham was charged with a grade one careless high tackle offence, but like Rodney, escapes suspension regardless of his plea.

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