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Lussick cops four-week high tackle ban

Eels forward Darcy Lussick has accepted a four-game ban for a high tackle on Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. Copyright: NRL Photos Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos

Eels enforcer Darcy Lussick will spend four weeks on the sidelines after pleading guilty to a Grade 4 reckless high tackle charge for his hit on Roosters prop and former under-20s teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Lussick would have risked a six-week suspension had he contested the blatant high shot at the judiciary. The fiery front-rower was considered lucky not to have been sent off for the coathanger.

He will miss a string of big games for Parramatta, starting with Manly at Brookvale. We will also be missing for the western derby against Penrith at home, an away clash in Brisbane and a home game against the Roosters in Round 6 - meaning there is unlikely to be any rematch with Waerea-Hargreaves this season.

Raiders lock Shaun Fensom pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 dangerous contact charge and will miss one match, ruling him out of his side’s first home game of the season against the Titans on Sunday.

Broncos prop Josh McGuire will miss the Broncos' clash with the Roosters thanks to his Grade 1 dangerous contact charge. The charge carried 90 judiciary points but McGuire had 13 carry-over points from last year, taking him over the 100-point threshold after his early plea. 

Manly’s Anthony Watmough, Parramatta’s Tim Mannah and the Tigers' Sauaso Sue were also charged with Grade 1 offences but escaped bans with early pleas.

Sharks players Bryce Gibbs and Matt Prior were hit with grade one high tackle charges from last night's defeat to Canterbury but will escape bans.

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