Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary avoids cost, free to play NRL grand closing
Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary is free to play within the NRL grand closing in opposition to South Sydney after he escaped cost for a harmful throw on Kenny Bromwich.
- Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary won’t face the judicial after being positioned on report throughout the preliminary closing win over the Storm
- Penrith will play of their second-straight grand closing, assembly Souths on Sunday
- The Panthers nonetheless have a number of damage worries heading into the decider
Cleary was placed on report in the Panthers’ 10-6 preliminary closing win over Melbourne and confronted the prospect of being banned for the decider if he copped a grade-two cost.
Nevertheless, Penrith’s worst fears had been alleviated on Sunday morning with Cleary not even showing on the cost sheet.
Winger Stephen Crichton (opposite conduct) and prop James Fisher-Harris (harmful contact) had been each cited, however can settle for fines.
Fisher-Harris’ cost is of observe for slamming Felise Kaufusi down late within the first half, after it compelled an error however didn’t appeal to a penalty.
As a substitute, Melbourne hooker Harry Grant is the one man going through a one-game ban out of the match, for a crusher sort out that can see him miss spherical one subsequent season.
It comes after each Cleary and his father Ivan performed down the severity of his lifting sort out on Saturday night time.
“There’s all the time a little bit of stuff round that … it is simply one other story I suppose,” Nathan Cleary stated about his report.
“I might moderately not [face the judiciary] however we’ll see.”
The information will probably be a aid for Penrith however they nonetheless have some considerations in grand closing week and a shot at redemption after final 12 months’s loss within the decider.
Cleary has battled a shoulder damage for the again half of the 12 months and can want surgical procedure on the finish of the season.
The Panthers have additionally paid the worth for having to succeed in the grand closing the arduous method after their week-one loss to the Rabbitohs.
Moses Leota is battling to beat a calf pressure, whereas James Fisher-Harris (knee) and Tevita Pangai Jnr (knee) each picked up knocks in opposition to Melbourne.
“Particularly after that Parramatta recreation final week, it was simply such a bash up and there have been lots of people sore and sorry on the Monday morning,” Cleary stated.
“Simply to get everybody on the sector [against Melbourne] was huge.
“Tevita will probably be combating the clock subsequent week.
“He’ll most likely get scans to see what it is like however I’ve acquired full religion in our medical crew and the boys they will do no matter they’ll to be on the sector.
“Fish [Fisher-Harris] is likely one of the hardest guys on the market and once more he’ll be doing the whole lot he can to get on the sector.”