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Grant escapes ban but Storm teammate not so lucky

The NRL match review committee had good and bad news for Melbourne Storm after their shock loss to Parramatta on Saturday night, with hooker Harry Grant escaping a ban, while forward Jesse Bromwich was not so lucky.

Grant was cited for a big hit on Parramatta’s Makahesi Makatoa on Saturday where his leg went around the Eels star and then he had Grant’s weight come down on him.

The NRL’s match review committee slapped Grant with grade 1 contrary conduct charge which he can accept without suspension in addition to a $1150 fine.

Grant escapes ban but Storm teammate not so lucky

However Bromwich faces a one to two week ban for a crusher tackle. Storm’s other hooker Brandon Smith was also hit with a $1500 fine for a careless high tackle on Marata Niukore.

Meanwhile Parramatta big man Junior Paulo will have 1-2 weeks on the sidelines after a shoulder charge on Ryan Papenhuyzen. Eels player Nathan Brown has been dealt a $1500 fine for a careless high tackle.

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The Brisbane Broncos were hit hard by the NRL match review committee with Thomas Flegler looking at a 4-5 week suspension for a careless high tackle on Jack Williams and his teammate Brendan Piakura had a memorable NRL debut, but will now spend 2-3 weeks suspended for a grade 2 dangerous contact charge.

In the same game Cornulla Sharks centre Jesse Ramien was fined for dangerous contact on Brisbane’s Herbie Farnworth.

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