OUT: Cessnock Goannas front-rower Kurt Warden. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Cessnockprop Kurt Warden has taken the early guilty plea for a first-round cannonball tackle andwill miss three Newcastle Rugby League matches, starting with Saturday’s Coalfields derby against Kurri Kurri.
Warden was officially suspended on Wednesday after opting not to contest the charge, which was handed down by the NSW Rugby League judiciary following the weekend’s incident.
The 25-year-old formerBroncos lower grader, who joined the Goannas last season, was penalised in the 26thminute of Saturday’s36-0 loss away to Maitland.
He wasthird man into thetackle, which has left Pickers forward Rob Mason (knee) injuredand awaiting scans on Thursday to determine the extent of the damage.
Warden, who will be available to play again when Cessnock hostSouthson May 26, received 324 points for the offence. The base penalty was 200 points, but proving costly were 94 carry over points plus80 loaded points for a recent similar offence. He got 50 points off forthe early guilty plea.
Goannas teammate Paul Carter escaped sanction on Tuesday despitebeing put on report by referee John Taylor for a high tackle in the same game.