Wests Tigers skipper James Tamu has had his two-game ban reduced to just one after a successful battle with the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
Tamu was hit with a Grade Three contrarian misconduct charge after he shouted “f***ing incompetence” at referee Ben Cummins in the final two minutes of the Tigers’ 72-6 loss to the Roosters.
The veteran prop was initially chastised for saying “f***k off”, but after his second shout-out he upgraded to sending “incompetent” Cummins Binning.
The third-degree charge resulted in a two-week suspension, leaving an out-of-contract Tamu’s season — and possibly his career — on a very sour note.
Tamu admitted wrongdoing but appeared before the judiciary on Tuesday night to dismiss the charges.
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The ruling means the 34-year-old will be free to play in the Tigers’ final game in Round 25 at Lichthardt Oval.
“I’ll tell you what, if the result doesn’t go well tonight, it’s going to be hard to live with knowing it’s my last game of the weekend,” Tamu said after the match.
“It’s hard to miss a week, but it’s worth it. It will be hard to watch when the boys go out there.
“To play with them one more time is unreal, I’m very happy about that.
“If it’s my last game in the NRL, I’m not too sure. Once I feel like I’m behind the eight ball, I’ll be the first to raise my hand. We’ll see where he goes in the offseason.
“Who knows, it might be the last time I agree… Everything is on the table, including retirement.”
Devastated by Saturday’s defeat, Tamu made an emotional apology for his behavior at a press conference in front of the media.
“I’m ashamed. I have disappointed a lot of people,” he said.
“Instead of looking at myself in the mirror and being accountable, I took out the wrong people and that’s taking the easy way out. I am clearly devastated.
He admitted he was “heartbroken” when he learned the incident could end his 304-game career.
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