Dan avoids the boot

WALLABYS skipper Dan McAllister has avoided a one-match suspension for a grade-one striking charge that resulted in his send-off against Brothers in last weekend's Gladstone Rugby League grand final.

An early guilty plea combined with a clean record allowance skimmed enough off McAllister's 125-point charge to be cleared for the team's Challenge Cup knockout final against Gladstone Brothers on Saturday night.

GRL President Glenn Butcher said that the referees, who are volunteers, had the league's full support, but that Wallabys players and fans had a right to feel aggrieved over McAllister's questionable send-off.

“It's not ideal to have anyone sent off during a game but sometimes the only answer to some of these issues is a send-off,” he said.

“Obviously the ref's interpretation and the interpretations of the spectators and the league can be different.

“But once you're out there in the middle things can happen on the run and they call it as they see it.

“We try and promote what they do and support them but obviously there are issues there we need to address as well.”



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