Roosters to determine pleas


The Sydney Roosters have until midday today to decide how they will plea after three of their players were charged by the NRL match review committee yesterday.

The most serious charge was levelled at utility Lopini Paea, who is facing a ten-week ban for his lifting tackle on Melbourne prop Ben Cross. Paea risks a 13-match ban if he chooses to fight the charge at the NRL judiciary.

Roosters teammates Amos Roberts and Ashley Harrison were also charged with dangerous throws, with both facing one week bans. Eight players in total were cited from the weekend's round.

Parramatta halfback Jeremy Smith faces 4 to 6 weeks for pushing referee Sean Hampstead while New Zealand Warriors prop Ruben Wiki could be out for 6 to 8 weeks for kneeing.

Also charged with dangerous throws were South Sydney's Shannon McPherson, St George Illawarra centre Matt Cooper and Melbourne's Billy Slater, the latter two to miss two matches with early guilty pleas.