United pair face long wait for judiciary hearing

NORTHERN United players Chris Swan and Alwyn Roberts will have to wait until later in the week to see if they will be available to play in this Saturday’s sudden-death Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League minor semi-final against the Grafton Ghosts in Lismore.

Swan and Roberts were sent-off in last Sunday’s dramatic 30-16 loss to Mullumbimby which left the Dirawongs desperately short on players, particularly in the final 15 minutes when a further player was sin-binned.

Swan was sent-off midway through the first half for a spear tackle on Giants’ fullback Murray Brown and has been charged with a dangerous throw.

He has been offered an early plea and is believed to have until tonight to decide whether to contest the charge.

Roberts, who was sent off in the 63rd minute, has been charged with head-butting Mullumbimby second-rower Andrew Moroney.

He has also been offered an early plea.

Should the players decide to contest the charges, judiciary chairman Wilson Cregan said a hearing would most likely be convened for Friday, less than 24 hours before the minor semi-final.

It is hardly an ideal preparation for the Dirawongs or coach Chris Binge ahead of their match with the resurgent Ghosts.


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