Crichton to fight NRL ban in Origin bid

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Angus Crichton's State of Origin fate will rest in the hands of the NRL's judiciary after he opted to contest a dangerous contact charge.

Crichton will head to the judiciary on Tuesday night needing a not guilty verdict to play in the Origin opener for NSW, after being charged over a late hit on Brisbane playmaker Albert Kelly.

Sydney Roosters teammate Victor Radley will also appear at the judiciary, seeking to downgrade a high-tackle charge.

Already ruled out of Origin I by suspension after an early guilty plea on another charge, he is putting his hopes for an Origin debut in Game II on the line.

Considered a favourite for the No.13 jersey, Radley was charged over incidents that landed him in the sin-bin twice in Saturday's loss.

He will attempt to have the high tackle on Tevita Pangai Junior reduced to a grade one, meaning a combined two-game ban.

If he fails, his suspension period will balloon out to five matches and rule him out of Origin II.

The Blues are already without Boyd Cordner for the entire Origin series, while Cameron Murray is only beginning running on his injured ankle again.

Crichton will join them on the sidelines if he loses his case, with the second-rower set to pay the price for a poor record in 2021.

While he could usually have taken a fine for the late shot on Kelly, the offence is his third of the year and the monetary penalty is therefore not available.

The news came on another busy Monday for the match review committee, with six charges taking the number to a record 29 for the round.

Penrith's Kurt Capewell and Parramatta's Reagan Campbell-Gillard could both breathe a sigh of relief despite being cited from Sunday's games.

They are available for the June 9 Origin opener even with Queensland back-rower Capewell charged with a crusher tackle and Blues enforcer Campbell-Gillard a careless high tackle.

With an incident-free record Capewell is facing one week out regardless of whether he submits an early guilty plea or fights the charge at the NRL judiciary.

Campbell-Gillard could be sidelined for two weeks if he unsuccessfully contests the charge, but that is unlikely given an Origin spot is on the line.

The 29 charges in round 11 set a record for the NRL era for a third week straight, overtaking the 14 in round nine and 24 in round 10.

Brisbane pair Matt Lodge and Tyson Gamble, Cronulla trio Josh Dugan, Teig Wilton and Mawene Hiroti as well as St George Illawarra's Josh Kerr have all accepted one-game bans.

Jason Taumalolo and Mitch Dunn will miss North Queensland's clash with the Warriors through one-game suspensions, while Canterbury's Chris Smith and Sione Katoa also took one game out.

Three players received fines after Sunday's matches - Manly's Toafofoa Sipley (dangerous contact) and Karl Lawton (high tackle) plus Eels centre Waqa Blake, who was pinged for two incidents.

Canberra captain Elliott Whitehead will contest his fine for tripping Melbourne fullback Nicho Hynes, with the monetary penalty to go from $1150 to $1500 if he loses.

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