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Two players to front the judiciary
West's forward Luke O'Donnell and Parramatta second rower Steve Crouch will be the only players fronting the National Rugby League judiciary tomorrow night after three others entered early guilty pleas today.
O'Donnell faces up to three months in the stands for his vicious strike that left Canberra halfback Michael Monaghan in hospital with a double fracture of his jaw.
Crouch will challenge a grade one dangerous throw charge but opted to plead guilty to a grade two careless high tackle after being reported twice in the Eels' 30-28 loss to St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Sunday.
Crouch escaped suspension for the high shot that concussed Dragons hooker Mark Riddell after being granted a seven-year incident-free discount.
But he will still be outed for one match if found guilty of a lifting tackle that left St George Illawarra prop Craig Stapleton needing surgery today for a shoulder injury that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.
St George Illawarra winger Hassen Saleh will miss Saturday's trip to Canberra after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw.
And Tigers prop Corey Pearson is out of Sunday's clash with the Bulldogs at Campbelltown Stadium for a grade three careless high tackle.