Josh Jackson will play in this weekend’s preliminary final against Penrith after avoiding a chicken-wing charge.
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Josh Jackson is free to play in Canterbury’s preliminary final clash with Penrith after avoiding a charge over an alleged chicken-wing tackle.
Jackson was put on report for the tackle on Manly prop Josh Starling during the Bulldogs’ 18-17 golden point win at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Taking into account carry-over points from a tripping charge earlier in the season, it was expected Jackson would face a suspension for the tackle.
However, he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NRL match-review committee and will be available to face the Panthers at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Following the incident, Starling threw the ball at the back of Jackson’s head which kicked off a melee, after which Starling was sin-binned for punching Jackson.
Post-match the Manly prop said he didn’t want to see Jackson ruled out of the grand-final decider, however.
The NRL has come down hard on chicken-wing tackles in 2014, with both Aidan Guerra and Justin Horo suspended for the outlawed move.