South Sydney has been afforded some relief with star prop Tevita Tatola escaping suspension for a chicken wing tackle during Saturday’s semi-final win.
Tatola was put on report during the win over Cronulla for a dodgy tackle on Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo.
A ban would have been a hammer blow for the Bunnies with fellow front-rower Tom Burgess already suspended for next week’s preliminary final against Penrith.
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But the NRL’s match review committee has offered Tatola only an $1800 fine for a grade one dangerous contact charge.
Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou expected Tatola to be fined and will be relieved he will escape a suspension.
The Rabbitohs, though, are still sweating on the fitness of three players.
Superstar winger Alex Johnston (hip), utility forward Siliva Havili (calf), and forward Jai Arrow (hip), all left the field injured against the Sharks.
“Fingers crossed we can get stuck into the rehab and get them back in seven days,” Demetriou said.
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