27 Sep 2008

Melbourne Storm finals preparations marred with further judiciary controversy

4:35 pm on 27 September 2008

The Melbourne's National Rugby League grand final preparations are set to be mired in further judiciary controversy with prop Brett White sweating on a possible striking charge from the emphatic win over Cronulla.

White was put on report for raising his elbow at Cronulla rival Ben Ross in just the seventh minute of last night's 28-0 preliminary final win at the Sydney Football Stadium in an incident that left his opponent heavily dazed.

It was another chapter in the fiery feud between the two bookends after they traded punches in the round two clash earlier this year.

White copped a four week ban for striking from that fight and due to loading he is certain to miss next week's grand final even if handed a base grade one charge by the match review committee on Monday.

If White is charged the Storm would certainly contest the ruling at a judiciary hearing as they are already without skipper Cameron Smith (grapple suspension) and Test forward Ryan Hoffman (ankle) next week.