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The Brisbane Broncos are set for a showdown with the National Rugby League judiciary after star halfback Shaun Berrigan was charged with contrary conduct today.
Berrigan was charged with grade two contrary conduct for an incident in the Broncos' loss to Sydney last Friday when he allegedly lashed out with his boot in an attempt to dislodge the ball from try-bound Roosters pivot Brad Fittler. Brisbane has applied for a seven-year incident-free discount for Berrigan and if successful will avoid suspension if its prized half is found guilty.
Others charged today are Wests Tigers prop John Skandalis for a grade one careless high tackle, Bulldogs skipper Steve Price for a grade three careless high tackle and Canterbury fullback Luke Patten for a grade two careless high tackle.
Judiciary commissioner Jim Hall may issue further charges today after consulting additional camera angles on incidents from the weekend.
Neither Skandalis nor Patten will be suspended if they enter early pleas while Price will miss a week with an early plea but will be out for two if he fights the charge and loses.