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Randall to contest charge

Northern United’s Dan Randall (No.4) stops Cale Rowston of Byron Bay in United’s 26-21 loss at Crozier Field, Lismore.
Northern United’s Dan Randall (No.4) stops Cale Rowston of Byron Bay in United’s 26-21 loss at Crozier Field, Lismore.

NORTHERN United centre Dan Randall will contest the charge of use of offensive or abusive language at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League judiciary tonight.

Randall was sent off in the 67th minute of the Dirawongs 26-21 loss against the Byron Bay Red Devils at Crozier Field, Lismore on Sunday.

The Dirawongs centre was originally sin-binned when the Red Devils scored a try after trailing 21-14.

He was then sent off as he continued to have an animated discussion with the referee.

Randall becomes the second first grade player to be sent off for the offence this season after Kyogle hooker Simon Pederson was given his marching orders in similar scenes against the Grafton Ghosts a week earlier.

He took the early guilty plea after the original assessment and did not contest the charge at the judiciary.

He was not suspended and played for the Turkeys at the weekend.

NRRRL president Brian Rix says it's a difficult part of the game to control.

"We don't condone the behaviour and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner," Rix said.

"It happens in all facets of the game and I don't think we will ever be able to fix it.

"All we can do is try and manage it as best we can."

Randall was selected in the 19-man NRRRL representative side to play in the NSW Country Championships next month.

Rix says a possible suspension won't affect his position in that side.

"It depends how many weeks he gets but it certainly isn't going to affect his ability to play," Rix said.

Grafton Rhinos Under-18s player Matt Rumph has also spent a week on the sidelines this season for foul language towards a referee.

He was suspended under the new Country Rugby League Tough Love in League program for junior rugby league.

It involves automatic send offs for punching, zero tolerance of fighting, abandoning games for melees, minimum suspensions for violence and stamping out abuse of match officials.

Rumph spent a week on the sidelines suspended. However, Rix is unsure if the program would be suitable for first and reserve grade.

The NRRRL judiciary has been working under a new manual similar to the NRL this season.

"We've got a new judiciary manual and guidelines that we're following this season," he said.

"I think it will improve the game over a period of time.

"It might take a full season until we see the benefits of it."

Topics:  byron bay red devils, nrrrl, rugby league




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