Roosters five-eighth Todd Carney, and Dragons lock Jeremy Smith have both taken early guilty pleas and have thus been cleared to play in this weeks NRL Grand Final between the Roosters and the Dragons.

Carney was initially put on report for a careless high tackle on Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince, and Jeremy Smith was put on report dangerous contact with the knees.

The knee to the ribs has left Lote Tuqiri with possible broken ribs, and he may require surgery in the off-season as a result of the injury.

Despite being charged for kneeing incident, Smith wasn’t penalised when the incident happened, at a time where the Tigers were on the attack.

NRL match review panelist Greg McCallum has since defended the call made at the time, that Smith should not have been penalised.

Dragon Dean Young, who many consider was lucky not to be sanctioned for possible derogatory remarks, is also free to play in this weeks grand final.

On field-audio failed to detect comments made from Young towards Tigers hooker Robbie Farah, thus causing an altercation between the two in last weeks preliminary final.

Due to the lack of evidence that would implicate Young, the NRL match review committee had no choice but to drop any possible charge against Dean Young.

The Tigers also declined to comment, and refused to make an official complaint to the NRL regarding the incident.

Farah had the chance to make a complaint twice on the field, but he declined both times, but he could be heard accusing Young at a scrum several minutes after of calling him a f*****g wog.

“The on-field audio provided no evidence to confirm if any comment had been made” the match review committee said in a statement.

“The on-field audio does contain an accusation from Farah and a denial from the St George Illawarra player.

“The Wests Tigers have today declined a request to provide any further information that may assist the match review committee.

“Having assessed all the available information, the match review committee does not believe there is sufficient evidence to warrant a charge.”

By ricky

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