Newcastle Rugby League: Central halfback Brad Murray pleads guilty to dangerous throw charge but disputes grading

QUESTION: Central halfback Brad Murray (left) will face the Newcastle Rugby League judicary on Wednesday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
QUESTION: Central halfback Brad Murray (left) will face the Newcastle Rugby League judicary on Wednesday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Central halfback Brad Murray risks missing semi-finals when he faces the Newcastle Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night.  

The 27-year-old entered a guilty plea on Tuesday for a dangerous throw charge but disputes the severity of the grading.

Murray’s one-on-one spear tackle on Kurri Kurri’s Jake Moore at St John Oval on Sunday was put on report and later deemed a grade two incident.

Combined with existing carry-over points this would sideline him for the remaining two regular season matches, including next round’s battle for second against Macquarie. 

He will present evidence to the panel in a bid to lessen the punishment, but could be ousted for longer.

Meanwhile, Goannas reserve grader Tory Neville miss miss the rest of 2017 after accepting an early guilty plea for a grade four striking charge. 

Neville had his five-week suspension reduced to three after being sent off for headbutting a Western Suburbs opponent at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday.