South Sydney prop Jaiman Lowe has wasted little time in a pleading guilty to a striking charge for his knockout blow to Gold Coast centre Brett Delaney.
Lowe accepted a four-match ban after being hit with a grade five striking charge by the NRL match review committee for his punch to the head of Delaney. The Souths front rower was sent off three minutes from fulltime in Saturday night's 25-18 win to the Titans at Carrara Stadium.
Lowe claimed he was provoked into lashing out, accusing Delaney of grabbing him on the testicles, though the Titans three-quarter was not charged over the incident. Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson says the club is disappointed that the match review committee took no action against Delaney.
Four other players were charged, Cowboys lock Sione Faumuina facing a three match ban with an early plea for a high tackle on Bulldogs backrower Sonny Bill Williams. Manly's Anthony Watmough and Penrith duo Frank Pritchard and Michael Gordon will all escape suspension with early guilty pleas.
All players have until midday tomorrow to enter a plea.Like