Dave Taylor steps out for Origin training in Emerald.
Dave Taylor steps out for Origin training in Emerald.

Coal Train derailed

DAVE Taylor has already been ruled ineligible for the 2011 State of Origin series decider in Brisbane next week and is facing four weeks on the sidelines if found guilty of a dangerous throw charge at an NRL judiciary hearing tonight. But he’s not going down without a fight.

Vowing to battle the grade two charge, a successful plea to have the verdict downgraded to grade one means Taylor would miss Origin and one NRL round game with South Sydney.

The former Blackwater Crushers junior was charged following a lifting tackle on Brisbane’s Scott Anderson in the Rabbitohs’ 16-12 win over the Broncos in Perth on Friday.

Similarities were drawn to Newcastle Knights and NSW winger Akuila Uate’s grade one dangerous throw charge, which was thrown out on the basis of Uate’s clean record. Former league international Wally Fullerton-Smith said it was definitely a different era of football.

“In my day, we’d be slapping him on the back,” he said in response to Taylor’s tackle.

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Interchange: Cooper Cronk, Corey Parker, Ben Hannant, Jacob Lillyman, Dane Nielsen (one to be omitted).


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