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Canberra prop Michael Weyman has copped a six-match NRL ban after pleading to guilty to two counts of striking, including punching Gold Coast's Daniel Conn.
Weyman was handed a grade four striking charge by the match review committee for punching Conn in the 67th minute of Saturday's 32-12 loss to the Titans.
He was also charged with a grade one offence for a 55th minute incident in which his forearm made contact with the head of Titans centre Luke O'Dwyer.
He entered early guilty pleas to both charges, opting not to risk an eight-match ban by contesting them at the judiciary.
Weyman's seemingly unprovoked punch, which referee Ben Cummins called a `king hit' before sending the prop off, left Conn with a bloodied face and broken nose.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm prop Adam Blair has avoided suspension after entering an early guilty plea for his "chicken wing" tackle on Brisbane's Michael Ennis.
Blair pleaded guilty to the charge of contrary conduct in applying unnecessary pressure to Ennis's arm and has been named to start for premiers Melbourne in Friday night's clash with fellow 2007 grand finalists Manly at Olympic Park.
Blair, who became the first player charged over the controversial tackling style, will now have 93 carry over points on his record for the next two years.
The chicken wing tackle involves wrenching an attacking player's arm behind his back.
Parramatta pair Joel Reddy and Brett Finch escaped suspension after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw on North Queensland's Luke O'Donnell on Saturday.
Both have been named to face the Titans at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
Cowboys prop Carl Webb is free to play after escaping punishment despite being charged with a grade one careless high tackle on Eels skipper Nathan Cayless.