NRL Judiciary charges -RD 17

CRONULLA five-eighth Greg Bird, suspended for 10 matches earlier this season for kneeing, is in trouble with the NRL judiciary again.

Bird was today charged with a grade two dangerous throw by match review commissioner Greg McCallum following a tackle on Newcastle winger George Carmont in the 76th minute of yesterday's game at EnergyAustralia Stadium, won 34-26 by the Sharks.

The 20-year-old could be suspended for three weeks if he enters an early guilty plea and four weeks if he contests the charge at the judiciary and loses.

Bird only made his return from suspension two weeks ago after being given a 10-match ban in April for kneeing South Sydney winger Shane Marteene.

The New Zealand Warriors' recent discipline woes continued when winger Henry Fa'afili and prop Iafeta Paleaaesina were charged today.

Fa'afili was hit with a grade one striking offence while Paleaaesina was charged with grade one contrary conduct ? fighting.

Neither player will accrue enough penalty points to be suspended if they enter early guilty pleas.

The Warriors already have three key players on the sideline serving suspensions ? winger Francis Meli, prop Jerry Seuseu and back rower Sione Faumuina.

Penrith forward Richard Fa'aoso was also charged by McCallum with a grade three careless high tackle following his 54th minute hit on Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman at Olympic Park on Friday night.

An early guilty plea would out Fa'aoso for one week while he could be suspended for two matches if he contests the charge and loses.

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