8 Jun 2013

Gallen says he wanted to fight charge

1:27 pm on 8 June 2013

The New South Wales captain Paul Gallen says he didn't want to accept a one-match suspension for his altercation with Nate Myles in the State of Origin opener on Wednesday night.

New South Wales is one win away from breaking Queensland's vice grip on the State of Origin trophy after a 14-6 victory in game one in Sydney.

Gallen has entered an early guilty plea, having been charged with a grade two striking charge after hitting Myles in a tackle with a swinging arm before twice punching the Queensland back rower.

Gallen says he wanted to contest the charge at the judiciary, feeling he would have escaped suspension.

He will miss Cronulla's clash with Melbourne on Sunday.