Easier loading and fewer categories in store as NRL set to sign new match review and judicial code hours before Penrith Panthers and Manly Sea Eagles season opener

The existing judicial code includes 14 categories, ranging from trips and kicks to harmful conduct and shoulder charges.

The NRL used their old judicial code for this year’s Test matches, which included several controversial incidents stemming from the second week of pre-season matches.

Wests Tigers co-captain James Tamou has only been banned for a week after an attempted charge against Roosters child prodigy Sam Walker went horribly wrong, while the Roosters mainstay , Lindsay Collins, avoided suspension for a “cannonball” tackle on Jackson Hastings in the same game.

The Rugby League Players Association has advocated for a fairer system around fines for minor incidents, which it says cripple players at the bottom of the ladder.

Under last year’s system, a player with a clean record was still fined $1,500 for a reckless freshman high tackle, whether he made $1 million a season or just $120,000.

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A range of players have argued that the threshold for fines has been significantly lowered after last year’s Magic Round crackdown on high contacts, resulting in record weekly charges from the Match Review Board.

The NRL Match Review Committee will sweat over the new system in place before meeting on Friday morning to assess any incidents arising from the Panthers-Sea Eagles game.

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