Ben Te'o could have fewer than three games left in the red and green jersey depending on the outcome of his NRL Match Review Committee charge. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos.
South Sydney's Ben Te'o will spend four weeks on the sidelines after three Rabbitohs players were charged for wrestling-style offences following the home team's 42-16 defeat of the Broncos at ANZ Stadium last Thursday night.
Seven other players - Souths teammates Chris McQueen and Kirisome Auva'a (crusher tackles) Cronulla's Jeff Robson (tripping) and Tim Robinson (dangerous contact), Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish (crusher tackle) and Titans pair Mark Minichiello and James Roberts (dangerous throws) - were also hit with various Grade 1 charges, but all will be free to play in Round 24 with earl guilty pleas.
Te'o, who last week announced he would be departing the club to join Irish rugby side Leinster in 2015, has taken an early guilty plea to the Grade 2 Dangerous Contact charge he was hit with for a 55th-minute chicken wing tackle on Queensland teammate Sam Thaiday.
The Rabbitohs back-rower has already been suspended twice in 2014, and due to carry-over points stemming from those charges, will miss the next four weeks of the season, including the first week of the finals.