Bizarre judiciary ruling leaves Titans star free to play this weekend

Gold Coast forward Ryan James has had his careless high tackle charge downgraded, and will be free to play against Newcastle on Saturday.

The NRL judiciary on Wednesday night found him guilty of a careless high tackle.

However the grading of the offence was reduced and he avoided a suspension.


The Titans prop was hit with 90 demerit points though, which means he could miss an end of season match if he is booked for a minor charge.

The hit on James Tedesco left the Tigers fullback with a broken jaw and facing the prospect of spending at least the next four weeks on the sidelines.

Titans Coach Neil Henry said his player was given a fair hearing and the judiciary took into account how quickly the tackle happened.

“The judiciary said it was on the lower end of carelessness,” he told reporters.

“They took into account how fast the action happened and the fact Tedesco was dropping.

“We had a fair hearing, we’re disappointed in one regard, but the speed these things can happen at in the game means there was no malice on Ryan’s behalf.”

James will now play in Saturday’s match against bottom of the ladder Knights in Newcastle.