THE NRMA Insurance Broncos have made a call on the contrary conduct charge on James Roberts.
While Roberts’ patting of the ref looked an innocuous incident without any hint of malice, the Broncos have will notify the NRL this morning they will accept the early guilty plea.
Fighting the charge at the judiciary – as the Bulldogs are doing with David Klemmer – would have put Roberts in danger of missing a match through suspension.
With the charge coming down from 125 points to 93 with the early guilty plea reduction, Roberts will now be eligible to take on the Panthers at Penrith on Saturday night.
Klemmer is facing two weeks suspension whether he is found guilty or did indeed take the early plea.
Roberts will now take his place in the centres for the Broncos when the team is named at 4pm this afternoon on www.broncos.com.au.
Wayne Bennett will name his replacement for injured winger Corey Oates at that time.
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