Sydney Roosters enforcer Victor Radley and Parramatta Eels backrower Ryan Matterson will be unavailable for their respective sides until the NRL Finals Series after receiving dangerous contact charges from the judiciary in Round 22.
Radley was hit with a grade two dangerous contact charge after making contact with Brisbane Broncos halfback Albert Kelly during a field goal attempt on Friday night. The offence incurs a base penalty of 200 points with 100 points equating to a one-match suspension.
Radley had loading added for a prior similar offence and three prior non-similar offences in the past two years and will now be unavailable for three matches after the club took the early plea.
Matterson received a grade three careless high tackle charge for an illegal tackle which knocked out Manly Warringah Sea Eagles centre Brad Parker during Saturday night’s match.
With a base penalty of 300 points and loading from two prior offences, Matterson will also miss the remaining three games of the regular season after the Eels took the early plea.
Radley and Matterson will be significant losses for both the Roosters and Eels as the two sides – along with the Sea Eagles – continue to vie for fourth position with only three rounds remaining until the finals.