Canterbury Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson is free to play in the Grand Final Qualifier against Penrith Panthers after being cleared of a chicken wing tackle.
The incident occurred in the first half of Canterbury’s dramatic 18-17 victory over Manly on Saturday night. Josh Starling took offense to the tackle and a result was sin binned after throwing a punch at Jackson.
National Rugby League’s Match Review Committee took the odd step of issuing a statement regarding their decision:
The committee found that a tackle by Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson did not take the arm of his opponent, Josh Starling outside the normal range of movement.
As a result, no charges were laid, in line with the judiciary code.
The Bulldogs who finished seventh on the ladder will face the fourth placed Panthers on Saturday night for the right to play the winner of the Rabbitohs and Roosters clash set down for Friday night.