South Sydney back-rower Jaydn Su'A will miss this week's clash with his former club the Broncos after unsuccessfully challenging a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.
Su'A was cited by the match review committee for a late hit on hooker Cameron McInnes in the 78th minute of his side's win over the Dragons.
The judiciary counsel argued the shot from Su'A was dangerous, could've been avoided and there was time to pull out of the attempted tackle.
Su'A's defence team, led by top lawyer Nick Ghabar, argued the Bunnies forward never completely went through with the tackle and held his ground on contact.
"You will see Su'A doesn't drive through with the shoulder. He actually falls to his right and lands on his own knee, not the player, which you wouldn't usually see," Ghabar told the panel.
"The position in which McInnes passes the ball and where he ends up doesn't suggest that player Su'A was going to make the decision no matter what.
"It actually suggests McInnes ran into him. He travels at least a metre-and-a-half to two metres whereas Su'A hasn't moved any more than 30-50 centimetres at best.
"The contact became unavoidable. He's bending, his wrapping and making a tackle with another player who is running at him.
"He's holding his ground and decides to make a tackle as McInnes digs into the line. If anything, he's shown some care once contact is made. He tries to lessen the blow."
However, the three-man panel of former Dragon Ben Creagh, Dallas Johnson and Bob Lindner agreed with the judiciary counsel and upheld Su'A's one-match ban.
Su'A, 22, had played every match for the Rabbitohs this season after joining the club from the Broncos in 2019.