BULLDOGS winger Matt Utai has been slapped with a five-week ban after taking an early guilty plea for a reckless high tackle in Sunday's match against the Wests Tigers.
PARRAMATTA forward Fuifui Moimoi has escaped punishment after pleading not guilty to biting Storm prop Brett White. Moimoi, who has a chequered past at the judiciary, was exonerated after the allegation could not be proven.
PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi will plead not guilty to a biting charge at the NRL judiciary tonight. The Eels frontrower was referred straight to the judiciary after Melbourne prop Brett White sent a written complaint to the NRL match review committee yesterday to back up his on-field claim in the 54th minute of Sunday's game.
MIRACLE try scorer David Howell is facing a one week suspension after being charged with making a dangerous throw in Canberra's 28-26 NRL win over the Bulldogs.Howell was the talk of Telstra Stadium after managing to touchdown for a try in the corner against the Bulldogs yesterday despite having all of his body except his arm outside the field of play. But he may now miss Sunday's showdown with competition leader Melbourne after being charged following video review of a tackle made in the 47th minute.Howell faces a one week ban for an early guilty plea and also if he unsuccessfully contests the charge at tonight's NRL judiciary sitting.Meanwhile, NRL prosecutors are set to demand a ban of 12 weeks for Parramatta prop Fuifui Moimoi when he fronts the judiciary tonight on a biting charge.The Eels prop had his case referred straight to the judiciary by the NRL match review committee yesterday. With two high-tackle suspensions last year, it's understood Moimoi's only hope of escaping three months on the sidelines is to plead guilty or beat the charge before the tribunal.He would still have to front the disciplinary committee with a guilty plea but it is likely prosecutor Peter Kite would then recommend a more lenient nine or 10-week suspension. South Sydney centre Adam MacDougall, meanwhile, is facing a four to six-week suspension for striking Brisbane's Darius Boyd.
NEW Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki became the first player this season to mount a successful challenge at the NRL judiciary, seeing his eight-week ban for kneeing thrown out.
PARRAMATTA halfback Jeremy Smith has been suspended for four NRL matches after entering an early guilty plea to a grade five contrary conduct charge. The charge resulted from an incident in the Eels' loss to St George Illawarra last Friday, where Smith allegedly pushed referee Sean Hampstead.
PARRAMATTA halfback Jeremy Smith faces a minimum four weeks on the sidelines for allegedly shoving referee Sean Hampstead, while Sydney Roosters forward Lopini Paea is looking at 10 weeks for his part in a spear tackle after the NRL match review committee charged eight players today.Smith was charged with grade five contrary conduct while Paea was hit with a grade five dangerous throw charge. Melbourne's Billy Slater, who returned from a seven-match ban on the weekend, is likely to miss two more weeks for a dangerous throw and New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki is facing a six-week ban for kneeing.St George Illawarra's Matt Cooper is another star set to be outed after being charged for a dangerous throw that will sideline him for two weeks with an early guilty plea. The Roosters also had winger Amos Roberts and lock Ashley Harrison charged with grade one dangerous throws.South Sydney's Shannon McPherson will not miss any matches with an early plea after also copping a grade one dangerous throw charge.
THE NRL has granted St George Illawarra an extension until 3pm this afternoon as to how they will plead in regards to skipper Trent Barrett's grade 5 striking charge.
CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has escaped a dangerous throw charge by the NRL match review committee. Kimmorley was involved in a lifting tackle on the Bulldogs' Reni Matua in the 21st minute of yesterday's fiery 32-24 loss at Telstra Stadium.
MELBOURNE has until 2pm today to make a decision on whether it will contest Michael Crocker's dangerous throw charge after being granted an extension by the NRL.The Storm originally had until midday to make a decision on an early plea after Crocker was charged with a grade-four dangerous throw for his tackle on South Sydney's Shane Rigon on Saturday night.An early guilty plea would see the Queensland Origin aspirant rubbed out for nine weeks, while an unsuccessful trip to the judiciary would result in a 12-week suspension. Either ban would rule Crocker out of this year's State of Origin series.Crocker's hopes of playing for Queensland in this year's State of Origin series are at stake but the former Sydney Roosters forward has a poor record at the NRL judiciary, with six charges in the last five years, including a lifting charge last season.