Bulldogs forward Sauaso Sue is on the cusp of suspension following two separate dangerous contact charges during his side’s loss to the Dragons. The first incident, involving Jordan Pereira, took place in the 37th minute and the second at the 55-minute mark with Paul Vaughan.
If Sue pleads guilty to both charges he will face a two-game ban. However, if he chooses to a challenge both and lose, the suspension will see him sidelined for three games.
Sue was not the only player charged in the Bulldogs and Dragons match. Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa was charged with a dangerous throw on Kerrod Holland. Ravalawa can avoid suspension if he pleads guilty.
Three players were charged during round five on Saturday night.
Addin Fonua-Blake from Manly Sea Sea Eagles was given a grade one careless high tackle charge for his late hit on Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce during his side’s 26-18 victory. Despite this grade one charge, due to having carry-over points from earlier offences Fonua-Blake will be sidelined for two weeks.
Sea Eagles teammate Curtis Sironen also faces charges for a careless high tackle against Kalyn Ponga. With an early plea, Sironen will be eligible to play against the Dragons next weekend.
As the Roosters left with a 30-16 win against the Sharks on Saturday night, Roosters centre Joey Manu left with a one-week suspension following a dangerous tackle on Sione Katoa.
Six players were charged on Friday’s night game that saw Titans beat the Panthers in an upset match. Of those six players, the Titans’ Jarrod Wallace and Mitch Rein both face suspension.
Wallace is facing a two-match suspension for a shoulder charge on Dallin Watene-Zelezniak in the 55th minute. He is likely to sit three rounds on the sidelines if does not take an early plea and is found guilty. Mitch Rein, however, will be free to play in the sixth round if he accepts an early plea for his dangerous throw charge on the Panthers Nathan Cleary.
A number of incidents involving Storm’s Cameron Munster saw three North Queensland players charged. Josh McGuire was given a $3350 fine on the grounds of contrary conduct, whilst Nene Macdonald and Kurt Baptiste were both handed charges for dangerous contact. If they take an early plea, all three will be eligible to play in round six.
From Storm, Christian Welch faces charges for dangerous contact on Te Maire Martin.