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Bulldogs forward Brad Morrin has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary on a contrary conduct charge for biting.
Morrin has already publicly admitted biting Parramatta centre Timana Tahu during Friday night's loss to the Eels at Telstra Stadium. The match review committee today decided the 25-year-old must front a hearing, putting no grading on his charge which leaves the judiciary panel to decided the length of suspension.
There had been a suggestion Morrin was reacting to a head-slam from Tahu, but the Eels centre was not charged by the match review committee today.
South Sydney winger Shannon Hegarty faces a one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Mark O'Halloran from Saturday's loss to Penrith regardless of whether he enters an early guilty plea or is found guilty at the judiciary.
New Zealand Warriors lock Micheal Luck was charged with a grade one dangerous throw on Roosters winger John Williams but can also escape a ban with an early plea.
Roosters lock Ashley Harrison has escaped any charge after television match coverage had raised speculation about a possible headbutt on Warriors five-eighth Michael Witt. Harrison has been sent for x-rays on a suspected broken thumb today, however he is confident of being fit.
Sydney Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon is also expected to be fit for his side's crucial Friday night clash with the Wests Tigers despite suffering an ankle injury in yesterday's thrilling 31-all draw with New Zealand Warriors.
Fitzgibbon had his leg caught beneath a Warriors defender early in the second half but bravely completed the 90-minute encounter. Roosters physiotherapist Tony Ayoub says Fitzgibbon probably won't run until later this week but expects the veteran second rower to take his place in the vital Tigers clash.