Heighington wins case at NRL judiciary

Cronulla forward Chris Heighington has successfully fought his dangerous throw charge at the NRL judiciary.

He had been charged for a tackle on Manly’s Josh Starling in Sunday’s 28-16 loss to the Sea Eagles.

Facing a two-week suspension – even with an early guilty plea, due to 78 carry-over points – Heighington is free to play in the Sharks’ home game on Sunday against St George Illawarra after arguing his case on Thursday night at the judiciary.

Earlier in the week, South Sydney hooker Issac Luke copped a one-game suspension after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw on Penrith’s Tyrone Peachey.

Luke will miss his side’s clash with the Dragons the following weekend, with his side having the bye this round.

He was charged with a grade-one dangerous throw by the NRL match committee for a tackle in the 46th minute of Penrith’s 20-6 upset win on Friday over South Sydney.

His sidelining will open the door for Cameron McInnes to push his claim to wear the Rabbitohs’ No.9 jersey next year when Luke leaves to join the Warriors.

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