Dan Walsh, Staff Writer
Sharks enforcer Sam Tagataese will miss up to two weeks after being hit with a Grade 2 striking charge for a head-butt on Roosters prop Kane Evans in Samoa's 32-16 win over Fiji last Saturday.
And New South Wales Under-20s front-rower Matthew Lodge is facing up to four games on the sidelines after being slapped with two separate charges arising from the Under-20s State of Origin clash that preceded the Fiji-Samoa Test.
If Tagatease takes the early guilty plea he will just miss the Sharks' clash with the Eels next Monday night.
Lodge was handed a detrimental conduct charge for writing an inappropriate word on his arm tape; that rap is set to rule him out for two weeks with an early guilty plea, or three weeks if the charge is contested and lost.
A separate charge of striking will also see the Storm forward suspended for an extra week.
Also, the Knights will be without 22-year-old front-rower Korbin Sims for their Round 9 clash with the Panthers, after the young prop was also charged with a Grade 2 Careless High Tackle in the Pacific Test.
Melbourne's NYC side will also be without NSW Under- 20s representative Dean Britt, who was also charged with contrary conduct and faces a one-week suspension, while Queenslanders Lloyd Perrett and John Folau were also charged in the spiteful encounter but will be free to play for the Bulldogs and Eels respectively with early pleas.