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The grapple tackle controversy has reared its head again today with Melbourne forward David Kidwell charged with using the outlawed manoeuvre by the NRL match review committee.
Kidwell faces a one match ban after being charged with grade one contrary conduct, unnecessary head-neck contact, for a 73rd minute tackle on Penrith prop Joel Clinton last Saturday.
Kidwell - one of five players charged today - will escape suspension with an early plea.
New South Wales and Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello will avoid suspension for a grade one careless high tackle charge even if he unsuccessfully defends it, ensuring he will be available for the Origin decider on July 6.
Penrith utility Brett Howland faces a one match ban for a grade one dangerous throw but will escape suspension with an early plea.
St George Illawarra lock Shaun Timmins faces a one match ban even with an early plea for a grade one tripping charge.
And Brisbane backrower Neville Costigan faces a two match suspension even if he pleads guilty to a grade one dangerous throw charge.