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NRL Finals: Cameron Smith hit with fine for Reed Mahoney slap, free to play Roosters next week

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith will be free to play next week's preliminary final against the Roosters after escaping with a fine for his first half slap on Parramatta hooker Reed Mahoney.

Smith was sensationally sent to the bin for slapping Mahoney in the face on the half hour mark of the Storm's 32-0 victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Smith will be fined $1800 if he fights the charge at the judiciary and loses.

He will cop a $1350 fine if he submits an early guilty plea.

At the time of the slap, Mahoney was holding onto Smith's jersey, refusing to let go. 

Smith claims he was attempting to hit the Eels rake's hand away when he missed and accidentally connected with his face.

“He just wouldn’t let me go and I’m just trying to get his grip off my jersey and I missed the mark," he said afterwards.

“So that was unfortunate and I spoke to him at half-time, just a little exchange in the tunnel after the first half and he had a wry smile and said he got me there, so 1-0 to Reedy.”

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy obviously wasn't concerned that his captain could miss next week's game.

"I wouldn’t imagine they would suspend him for that," Bellamy said.

"I think he (Smith) had two or three goes at releasing the grip.

"He was whacking his hand and one might have hit the arm and gone up to the head. He was just trying to get him to release the grip."

Smith's charge is similar to that of Rabbitohs playmaker Cody Walker, who was sin-binned on Friday night for a slap and was subsequently fined $1500.

Meanwhile, Eels winger Maika Sivo copped a grade one shoulder charge for his brutal hit on Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.

He will miss one match with an early plea, and risks sitting out two games if he fights and loses.

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