Howell charged over tackle


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.