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.
NEWCASTLE prop Josh Perry is facing a three week suspension after being charged over two incidents following Saturday night's NRL clash against Melbourne.
ST George Illawarra hooker Dean Young and Bulldogs forward Nate Myles have both been suspended after entering early guilty pleas to charges arising from weekend NRL matches.
ST George hooker Dean Young is facing up to two matches on the sideline after being charged with a grade two striking charge during his side's 26-24 NRL win over Manly last Saturday night.
PARRAMATTA utility Mark Riddell has accepted a one-match suspension for striking Penrith hooker Luke Priddis in Sunday's NRL match.
WESTS Tigers halfback Scott Prince and injured five-eighth Benji Marshall have both been cited by the NRL judiciary for grade two careless high tackles.