RUGBY LEAGUE: Binge set to miss Gladiators clash
RUGBY LEAGUE: It is bad news for Ryan Binge but relieving news for his Grafton Ghosts' team mates with the front row enforcer expected to only miss the Group 2 Gladiators representative clash this weekend.
The bullocking prop was sent from the field at about the 35th minute for a headbutt incident.
The incident has been brought to the judiciary and carries a mandatory penalty of four weeks but with an early guilty plea and Binge's clean record it will be downgraded to only one match.
The incident did not help the Ghosts who were down on the scoreboard and at the time.
"To lose a fella like Ryan Binge that early on is hard to come back from," Ghosts captain coach Ben McLennan said after the match.
"It definitely was a turning point, he is our key strike weapon, we feed off the back of what he does.
"So when he gets sent off like that it makes it pretty hard."
After the match McLennan was positive his prop did not have much to answer for in the incident but the club has since decided not to contest the charge.
"He is not a dirty player, I don't think he would have intentionally headbutted him but we will look at the tape and go from there.
"I don't think it is fair too. We play grubby football. It is the local derby, that is how it is. It is a hard call but it has been done now."
South Grafton Rebels second rower Grant Stevens did not believe it was a turning point in the game but admitted it did assist his side in their 28-14 win.
"I thought we were on top at that point in the game anyway," Stevens said. "I am not saying it didn't help us, it helped us a hell of a lot."
The judiciary will hand down a final decision tonight.
Group 2 officials have confirmed they will investigate an altercation that involved fans after the match on Sunday.
Group 2 chief administration officer Jim Anderson said it was a shame that "some idiots" ruined a "great day of football".
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