Rabbitohs pair in the clear

21 September 2019 19:59:41 GMTPlus10

Charges against South Sydney's Cody Walker and Dane Gagai won't keep them out of next weekend's preliminary final against the Canberra Raiders.

The pair were both charged by the NRL Match Review Committee over incidents in the 34-26 win over the Sea Eagles.

Walker and Gagai were charged with grade one contrary conduct on Manly backrower Jack Gosiewski after a melee in the 29th minute.

They have each been hit with a fine of $1,150 for an early guilty plea.

Coach Wayne Bennett said after the victory at ANZ Stadium he went along with the key decisions the officials had made - which included the sin-binning of Jake Trbojevic that paved the way for the Rabbitohs' comeback.

Trbojevic was sent to the sin-bin after appearing to grab the jersey of Dane Gagai when he was supporting a line break in a try-scoring situation.

"They've been on it all season about pulling guys back or taking guys off the ball," said Bennett. "I didn't have a problem with the Cody Walker one (being sin-binned for a slap on Jack Gosiewski), I didn't have a problem with their sin bin.

"As teams and players you know it's on the cards these days, the sin bin's been used a lot more this year than any other year, I'm not opposed to it. You roll the dice. If you don't touch the player, if you don't run the interference you've got nothing to worry about."

The Rabbitohs, who will take on Canberra at GIO Stadium for a place in the grand final on 6th October, overcame Manly despite losing two outside backs to HIAs followed by their captain.

They trailed by six points with Alex Johnston and Adam Doueihi ruled out and no interchanges left before Trbojevic went off the field.

South Sydney are 3.10 to win their game against the Raiders, who are 1.40.

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