Roosters gun cops mammoth suspension

Sydney Roosters forward Victor Radley has failed to downgrade his grade-two careless high tackle at the NRL Judiciary and will subsequently be sidelined for five weeks.

Radley was sin-binned twice during Saturday’s controversial match against the Brisbane Broncos at the SCG, where the crackdown overshadowed the result.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old was hit with a grade-one dangerous contact and a grade-two high tackle charge for the two incidents.

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Fronting the NRL’s Match Review Committee on Tuesday, Radley disputed the grading of his high tackle on Broncos enforcer Tevita Pangai Jr.

But the Roosters lock failed to have the decision downgraded after a 70-minute hearing, meaning he will not be available for the first two State of Origin games.

Victor Radley appearing at an NRL judiciary.Source:News Corp Australia

“I’m really confident, I’m really happy with my tackling style,” Radley said after his hearing, as reported by

“I don’t think my tackling style needs adjusting, I’ve been taught from a very young age by very good coaches a great tackling style.

“Just because they decide to change the rules midway through the season doesn’t mean I have to change my tackling style.

“There’s obviously situations in the game like on the weekend where I got it wrong. I can’t do that. But I don’t think it’s my tackling style.”

According to NRL counsel Peter McGrath, Radley “launched himself in an upward trajectory” towards Pangai Jr while attempting the tackle.

“This shows carelessness and could have led to injury,” McGrath said.

Victor Radley of the Roosters.Source:Getty Images

Radley will be suspended for five weeks, missing Sydney’s upcoming games against the Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm and Canterbury Bulldogs.

“The club … were unsuccessful in their appeal to downgrade the charge at the NRL Judiciary this evening,” the Roosters said in a statement.

“As a result, Radley will accrue 440 points and will be unavailable to line up for four matches. Along with accepting an early guilty plea for a Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (Head/Neck) charge from the same match, Radley will be unavailable to line up for five matches.”

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