The NRL Match Review Committee has today cleared NZ Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon over apparent knees to the back of Wests Tiger player – Taniela Tuiaki.
Referee Paul Simpkins was insistent that McKinnon had deliberately led with the knees – however as many thought, the contact was minimal and the review committee agreed – totally exonerating the custodian.
The Warriors will breathe easier knowing their fullback remains on deck – with McKinnon probably ranking in the Top 5 NRL players for 2007 form. Teammate Jerome Ropati however was cited by another incident involving Tuiaki, however he can escape suspension with an early plea.
Also cited were Gold Coast Titan pair – Ian Donnelly (grapple) and Nathan Friend (High Shot).
The Sea Eagles also had Jack Afamasaga charged over a grapple tackle, he will also be free to play against old club Parramatta should be take the early plea.