Jarryd Hayne escapes charge for ref touch

Jarryd Hayne has escaped a charge from the NRL match review committee for making contact with a referee in his return to rugby league.

Hayne appeared to walk into referee Gavin Badger in the Gold Coast’s 24-14 loss to the Warriors, t a week after St George Illawarra’s Tyson Frizell copped a one-match ban for a similar incident.

Wests Tigers’ David Nofoaluma was the only player charged from Sunday’s matches, but he will avoid suspension if he pleads guilty to a dangerous throw on North Queensland’s Lachlan Coote.

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