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South Sydney prop Jaiman Lowe is facing a four-week ban for his `king-hit' on Gold Coast centre Brett Delaney on Saturday night.
Lowe has been hit with a grade five striking charge - the maximum grading allowable without the incident being referred straight to the judiciary - after being sent off for knocking Delaney senseless.
Lowe claimed he had been provoked into lashing out - accusing Delaney of grabbing him on the testicles three minutes from fulltime in the Titans 25-18 win at Carrara Stadium. Delaney was not charged over the incident.
Lowe has until midday tomorrow to decide if he wants to risk a six-match suspension by fighting the charge at the NRL judiciary. Four other players were charged, Cowboys lock Sione Faumuina facing three weeks on the sidelines for a grade one reckless high tackle on Bulldogs backrower Sonny Bill Williams on Friday night.