Lowe facing four-match ban

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.

Manly's Anthony Watmough and Penrith duo Frank Pritchard and Michael Gordon will all escape suspension with early guilty pleas.