Sao cleared, Sandow cops ban
Eels halfback Chris Sandow will miss two NRL Telstra Premiership matches after pleading guilty to a grade two shoulder charge in Parramatta's loss to the Bulldogs in Round 19.
Cited for a challenge on Bulldogs fullback Brett Morris on Friday night, Sandow entered an early guilty plea on Tuesday.
Manly forward Ligi Sao was charged with a grade one dangerous throw, and was in danger of missing a week with a guilty plea thanks to three prior offences in the last two years.
However Sao successfully challenged his charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night, found not guilty, meaning he's free to face the Warriors in Round 20, the same club he's set to join after signing a two-year deal on Wednesday.
Raiders prop Shannon Boyd (grade one dangerous contact – head/neck) was also charged by the match review committee in Round 19, but will escape suspension after entering an early guilty plea.
Brisbane's Jack Reed was also cited for the same charge, but a prior similar offence in the last two years and 65 carryover points means the Brisbane centre will miss one week through suspension.