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Cronulla prop Ben Ross faces a three-week stint on the sidelines for a high tackle which ended Bulldogs forward Kane Cleal's season.
Ross was charged with a grade five reckless high tackle by the match review committee after collecting Cleal across the face in the 45th minute of yesterday's clash at Toyota Park. An early guilty plea would result in a three-match ban for Ross, while he would be risking a five-match suspension if opted to fight the charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.
Cleal says he has given up playing again this year after suffering facial fractures as a result of the hit.
Four other players were also charged but only rookie South Sydney hooker Issac Luke faces any time on the sidelines.
Luke and his Rabbitohs team mate Manase Manuokafoa were hit with grade one dangerous throw charges for their lifting tackle on Melbourne prop Ben Cross on Saturday night. Two prior offences have increased Luke's points penalty meaning he will still miss one match with an early plea. Bulldog captain Andrew Ryan also was cited for a lifting tackle early in the second half of yesterday's clash with the Sharks but escapes suspension.