As a result from Tuesday' night judiciary hearing, Roosters prop Siosiua Taukeiaho has been cleared of a grade-one careless high tackle, while Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa has copped a four-match suspension after unsuccessfully challenging a shoulder charge, according to NRL.com.
The three-man independent panel that represents the NRL judiciary apparently took 10 minutes to hand down their not-guilty verdict for Taukeiaho.
While Taukeiaho's charge would not have incurred a suspension regardless of the decision handed down, he would have received an extra $550 on top of the $1700 he would have been fined if he had pleaded guilty.
This decision marks a happy day for fans all around the league, as it confirms that there is such thing as 'too far' when it comes to the degree to which referees and the judiciary look to penalise dangerous tackles in the modern game.
The tackle in question, which occurred at the 22-minute mark of the Roosters' Round 15 loss against the Panthers, saw Cleary step off his right foot into a wet and rainy BlueBet Stadium turf, slipping and having his head caught by Taukeiaho's right shoulder as he fell.
Taukeiaho proceeded to be sin-binned and placed on report. Dismay regarding the decision from referee Ashley Klein was nearly immediate, with Nine commentator Phil Gould saying: "No mitigating circumstances? It's slippery as hell out there. Anyway, that's the new world."
What was potentially more telling and what likely prompted Taukeiaho to challenge the grade one charge, which teams rarely do if it's just a fine, was Cleary telling the media following the game that he "fell into" the collision.
The defense counsel for Taukeiaho argued that while contact was made with the head, likely exaggerating the nature of the incident and response from the referee, within the small timeframe with which Cleary slipped and contact was made he was unable to adjust his motion and demonstrated care by withdrawing from the tackle as swiftly as possible.
With two prior similar charges, loading of his offence meant that St George Illawarra Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa was facing a three-week suspension with an early plea, but there was potential for an extra week if he challenged the grade one shoulder charge citation and was found unsuccessful.
According to reports from the hearing, the judiciary found that Ravalawa had ample time to decide his method of tackle but chose to lead with his shoulder instead. It apparently took the Counsel less than five minutes to deliberate and find Ravalawa guilty of a shoulder charge.
Taukeiaho will be available for the Roosters' Round 16 matchup against the Storm when the teams return from Origin break, while Ravalawa should be available for the Dragons by Round 21.