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John Papalii cleared for West Belconnen Warriors' Raiders Cup elimination final

John Papalii was cleared at the judiciary.
John Papalii was cleared at the judiciary. 

The West Belconnen Warriors have received a boost before Sunday's Canberra Raiders Cup elimination final, after NSW Country forward John Papalii was cleared at the judiciary.

Papalii is free to take his place against the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs after having no case to answer on Wednesday night for an elbow that he was sent off for in last weekend's 26-20 loss to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

The Warriors have been the Cinderella story of the competition, going from wooden-spooners last year to making the finals this season.

However, they have tapered in off in the past four weeks and know they face a tough test against a Goulburn side featuring former-NRL players Michael Picker and Michael Bani.

Warriors winger Joe Cramp said the side had been guilty of complacency since it booked its place in the finals and would have to switch on in the must-win encounter.

"The comp was a bit stale for the last four weeks and it's been hard to get up for those games,'' Cramp said. "We were a bit flat, but we picked it up in the second half against the 'Roos.

"It's a new competition and there's plenty to play for now.''

While Papalii escaped without punishment, the Warriors' club was fined $250 for not escorting the officials from the field after referee Martin Jones was knocked to the ground by a spectator.

The Warriors have been unable to identify the spectator.

Meanwhile, a trainer from an under-18s game last weekend has been banned for the rest of the season for getting involved in a fight.

The three players involved also received suspensions.