Greg Bird to throw kitchen sink at dangerous throw charge
TITANS and New South Wales forward Greg Bird (pictured) will be hoping his poor judiciary record does not count against him when he rolls the dice and fights to reduce a potential Origin-series suspension.
The outcome for Bird is simple. Get a downgrade and he misses NRL games against Canberra and Cronulla and is free to play for NSW in the first Origin game in Sydney on May 27.
Lose and he gets the full eight weeks and will not be sighted again until round 19.
Titans coach Neil Henry is confident Bird has a good case to have the grade-three dangerous throw from Sunday's Test loss to New Zealand downgraded.
Bird's previous three trips to the judiciary in the past 12 months shouldn't come into his appeal and several players contacted by APN actually thought Bird had a good chance of getting his grading reduced.
Henry is likely to head to Sydney with Bird, with experienced barrister Jim Hall handling his case tonight.
The Titans will argue that Bird's driving tackle on New Zealand winger Jason Nightingale would have been a copybook lift and drive had teammate Corey Parker not tipped the Kiwi winger over.
They will also introduce videos of several grade one tackles which, in their opinion, were worse than Bird's tackle on Nightingale.
Bird will have to plead guilty and then appeal for a downgrade so he has to be successful to avoid copping the hefty eight-game suspension that will not see him back until the Gold Coast play Newcastle in July.
If he only succeeds in getting the charge reduced to a grade two, he'll miss the opening Origin game.
On a more positive note, the Titans will welcome back heavyweight representative forward Dave Taylor to help cover the loss of Bird.