Digital Image by Robb Cox © nrlphotos.com : Josh Starling : NRL Rugby League - Round 2 - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles V South Sydney Rabbitohs at Central Coast Stadium, Friday the 14th of March 2014.

Starling to fight charge

Josh Starling will front the NRL judiciary tomorrow night after pleading not guilty to the Grade 1 Dangerous Contact - unnecessary pressure to the head/neck - charge levelled against him by the Match Review Committee.

Starling was put on report by the on-field referees for the tackle on Rabbitohs half Luke Keary in the 62nd minute of the match.

The club decided against challenging the front-rowers second charge (Grade 1 Dangerous Contact – Unnecessary Contact with the face) and have taken the early-guilty plea.

Had the charge been of a higher grading or more serious offence (e.g Contrary Conduct) the Club would’ve sought further legal advice and possibly fought the charge.

If Starling is successful at Rugby League Central on Wednesday night, he will be free to play against the Titans this Sunday.

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