Blair and Smith facing one-match bans
Adam Blair and Ben Smith are both facing a week on the sidelines after they were charged by the NRL Match Review committee on Monday.
Wests Tigers’ Blair was charged with Grade 1 dangerous contact – unnecessary pressure, for a tackle on the legs of Bulldogs centre Josh Morris in Friday night’s 32-20 loss to Canterbury at Allianz Stadium.
Blair will miss his side’s important clash with Penrith this Saturday, if he takes the early plea.
It is a blow for the Wests Tigers who have fallen outside of the top eight with Friday night's loss.
Parramatta’s Smith is also facing a week on the sideline after he was charged with a grade 1 dangerous contact – unnecessary pressure on the head/neck of Sea Eagles forward Brent Kite, in his side’s 40-24 loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Smith will miss his side’s rivalry round match against the Bulldogs on Friday night at ANZ Stadium if he takes the early plea.
Both players will have until midday on Tuesday to enter a plea.