It was a weekend that will arguably never be seen again in the NRL, with 14 players charged for a number of high and late shots, totalling bans of 22 matches.
Canberra prop Josh Papalii is out of Origin I after accepting a three-game suspension while another nine players have been charged, nrl.com has revealed.
Dragons trio Josh McGuire, Mikaele Ravalawa and Tyrell Fuimaono have accepted lengthy bans, with Tariq Sims also incurring a one-game ban for a hip-drop, while Titans forwards Tyrone Peachey and Herman Ese’ese are yet to announce whether they’ll contest their charges.
McGuire will miss five matches for dangerous contact for a hip-drop tackle on Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, Ravalawa two matches for a grade-one shoulder charge while Fuimaono has received a five-game ban after he was found guilty of a grade-one reckless charge on Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.
McGuire was also charged with a careless high tackle for his hit on Justin Olam, which was deemed a grade-one offence, which has earned him an inflated fine of $2600 due to his poor judiciary record.
Ese’ese, who was sent off for his high hit on Panthers winger Brian To’o, is looking at 3-4 matches after being charged with a grade-three careless high tackle while Peachey’s crusher tackle on Liam Martin means he is likely to be banned for two games.
Penrith duo Moses Leota and Dylan Edwards are facing fines – Leota has been given a grade-one dangerous contact charge and Edwards a grade-one contrary conduct charge.