NZ Warriors forward Josh Curran has escaped suspension, after his careless high-tackle charge was downgraded by the NRL judiciary.
Curran was cited and sin-binned for 10 minutes during his team's loss to Melbourne Storm on Sunday, when his attempted tackle on winger George Jennings resulted in a head clash that sent Jennings from the field for good with concussion symptoms.
On a weekend that saw several similar incidents referred to the judiciary, commentators and fans considered Curran's one of the lesser offences, and the Warriors chose to fight the charge that could have seen him sidelined for two weeks, if found guilty.
Instead, he owned up to a lesser charge and will pay a AU$1350 fine.
Curran has been named at prop for the Warriors' encounter with North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday and will now take his place in the starting line-up.
Elsewhere, St George Dragons trio Tyrell Fuimaono, Mikaele Ravalawa and Jordan Pereira all entered early guilty pleas for reckless tackles, with Fuimaono copping the same fine as Curran, and Ravalawa and Pereira sitting out two and three weeks respectively.
Cronulla Sharks and former Junior Kiwis forward Siosifa Talakai, also accepted a four-week suspension, after a horrific shoulder charge on Canterbury Bulldogs forward Matt Doorey, while Newcastle forward David Klemmer was also fined for a high shot on Penrith wing Brian To'o.
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