Boyd Cordner has escaped a ban for fighting and is free to play the Warriors on Sunday.
The Roosters contested the Grade One striking charge, which would have given Cordner a one-round rest had he taken the early guilty plea or not, and coach Trent Robinson will be positively stoked that the young back-rower will line up against the might of an in-form New Zealand squad.
According to the Roosters website:
Following the hearing, vice-captain Cordner was clearly pleased with the result.
“I’m over the moon with the outcome and really happy to have had a fair hearing and now just pumped to play the Warriors this Sunday.”
Asked about the challenge that lay ahead for he and the side this Sunday, Cordner said: “They’re on fire at the moment and we’re definitely going to have to lift if we’re going to come close to competing with them.”
And, what if another scuffle breaks out?
“I’ll be staying well away,” said Cordner, smiling.
There was no mention of the defence the Roosters used to get Cordner off the charge, but according to Twitter fellow @Chandler_BANG:
Do you think Boyd got lucky or not?