Cullen off the hook for dangerous throw
RUGBY LEAGUE: Calliope product Bill Cullen has avoided suspension after pleading guilty to a grade-one dangerous throw charge after being cited during the Capras' 10-4 Intrust Super Cup win over the Northern Pride last weekend.
The 21-year-old was placed on report in the 64th minute of the Marley Brown Oval encounter but won't miss his side's Round 13 clash against Tweed Heads at Browne Park on Sunday after taking an early guilty plea at the hearing.
Capras coach Kim Williams was pleased the tough-tackling Cullen will be available for the Seagulls match, which will be televised live on Channel 9 from 1.30pm.
"Bill's a really strong defender and does like to tackle low and drive in hard, and with the force of that tackle, he lifted the guy beyond the horizontal,” Williams said.
"That's a grade-one charge and we've pleaded guilty so he gets a reduction and won't miss a week, and I'm pretty happy about that.”
Cullen has been named in the Capras' starting line-up for the Tweed Heads match despite wearing the number 15 jersey.
Williams went on to heap praise on the Calliope Roosters junior, expressing his relief over his availability.
"He's been playing some outstanding footy and he's only in his second year out of the Under-20s,” he said.
"Last year he was good, but this year he's really gone to another level and I think he's definitely one of the better forwards in our team at the moment and it's that consistency he's gained this year.
"He's a very important part of our team and I'm happy to have him this week.”
Sunday's match shapes as another must win for the 10th-placed Capras who have targeted their next two matches before a Round 15 bye as an opportunity to leap up the ladder.
All of the bottom three teams won last weekend with last placed Tweed upsetting the third placed Redcliffe Dolphins 21-4.
"It's probably a good thing for us that Tweed won because it puts us on guard,” Williams said.
"They played some pretty good footy so we'll have to be at our best again to get a win.
"Being a TV game at home it's a big occasion for us.
"It was good to get a home win last week even though it was in Gladstone so we need to build on that.
"We have two games until a bye so we just need to keep the roll going and continue to climb up the ladder.”