North Queensland Cowboys' Tariq Sims
North Queensland Cowboys' Tariq Sims Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images

Cowboys cop $10,000 for blasting NRL Judiciary

NORTH Queensland coach Paul Green took a shot at the NRL's judiciary on the eve of the Cowboys must-win clash with the Roosters, declaring the club had absolutely no faith in the panel that hands out suspensions because of its inconsistency,

Sims, who risked having a five-week ban extended to seven weeks if he challenged and lost a shoulder charge offence against Brisbane fullback Justin Hodges, will not play again this season even if the Cowboys make it past the Roosters and South Sydney into the October 5 grand final.

But the NRL last night hit back at Green and the Cowboys, issuing a $10,000 fine to the club for questioning the integrity of the match review committee and judiciary.

"The members of the match review committee and judiciary have hundreds of games' experience and they do not deserve to have their integrity and credibility questioned," NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said in a statement.

Earlier, Green said: "I'm really disappointed for Tariq. The biggest game of the year and unfortunately he's going to miss it.

"I was really surprised by how they charged it, especially when you look at other charges and no charges in recent weeks."

The Cowboys opted not to go to Sydney to fight the charge they felt was over the top.

Green said the club could have gone to Sydney and argued the case on technicalities of separation, wrapping the arms around the player or armed tucked in.

"We felt there was sufficient evidence to argue all those points but when you look at the risk for Tariq, potentially seven weeks, it would have been a huge distraction for us," he added.

"Given our record with the judiciary haven taken Sims down previously for a Crusher tackle that we didn't think was anything, I've got no faith in the consistency of the judiciary, so we will move on."

Glenn Hall will come into the pack with Ethan Lowe called on to the bench.

The Cowboys have copped a raw deal with two refereeing blunders that have cost them dearly in two recent finals and understandably are gun shy about getting short-changed again.



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