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Panthers second-rower Viliame Kikau.

NRL.com is providing live coverage of Tuesday's night Viliame Kikau judiciary hearing, with the Panthers star aiming to avoid a suspension for the preliminary final in a fortnight's time.

Kikau was charged with a grade one dangerous throw for his tackle on Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves last week, and is facing a one-match ban.

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7.25pm: Viliame Kikau has made a short statement via the Panthers' website.

"While I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome, I respect the decision of the NRL Judiciary," Kikau said.

"I'll now focus on doing everything I can at training to help the team prepare for the Preliminary Final."

7.14pm: Viliame Kikau has been found guilty of a dangerous throw, and received a one-match suspension.

The decision means Kikau won't be available for Penrith's preliminary final against either Parramatta or South Sydney, and will need the Panthers to reach the grand final if he is to play again this season.

6.56pm: Bellew's lengthy summation has now concluded and the panel has retired to reach a verdict.

6.43pm: Ghabar has summed up his points in a closing argument. Judiciary chair Geoff Bellew is now giving directions to the panel ahead of their deliberations.

6.40pm: Ghabar suggests Kikau tried to roll Waerea-Hargreaves over onto his back and help cushion the fall, but this action is impeded by the presence of Luai in the tackle.

Ghabar shows a freeze frame of the moment Waerea-Hargreaves' elbow contacts the ground, noting his head and neck is still well above the ground, arguing this effectively means there was never any real danger of Waerea-Hargreaves' head or neck making first contact with the ground.

6.30pm: Ghabar argues the first contact from Kikau was around the hips, and there was a subsequent attempt from Wearea-Hargreaves to get to ground as quickly as possible. Because he was effectively diving forward this creates the impression of a lifting tackle rather than an actual lifting tackle, according to Ghabar.

Ghabar says Jarome Luai joining the tackle and adding his own body weight to the downward trajectory of Wearea-Hargreaves exaggerates the upward swing of Wearea-Hargreaves' legs. Kikau maintained his grip over Wearea-Hargreaves but attempted to roll him onto his back, Ghabar says.

Kikau penalised for lifting tackle

6.25pm: In summation and after extensive replays, McGrath suggests all three key components of a dangerous throw have been met. Nick Ghabar is now commencing the defence.

6.20pm: McGrath argues that Wearea-Hargreaves used his skill and experience to lessen the degree of danger by getting his arm out to brace for impact and used the ball-carrying arm to tuck and roll. McGrath argues that does not negate the fact that Kikau put JWH into a dangerous position.

Kikau himself did nothing to arrest Wearea-Hargreaves' momentum, McGrath argues. He says the overall danger was also lessened by the fact the tackle started from a lower position than it may have otherwise due to Wearea-Hargreaves fighting to find the ground. This also does not negate the fact Kikau put JWH in a dangerous position.

6.10pm: NRL Counsel Peter McGrath says he aims to prove the three necessary elements of a dangerous throw - that there was elevation, that there was an unacceptable risk of injury to the attacking player and that Kikau in effecting the tackle failed to execute the proper level of care to avoid that risk.

6pm: The hearing is just starting now. The three-man panel is Sean Garlick and Ben Creagh (in the room) and Dallas Johnson (remotely). Viliame Kikau's representative Nick Ghabar is in the room and Kikau is dialled in remotely. Ghabar confirms the not-guilty plea and the footage of the tackle is now being played.

5.30pm: Star Panthers second-rower Viliame Kikau is appearing before the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night in an attempt to beat a dangerous throw charge.

Penrith announced on Sunday that their star second-rower would be entering a not guilty plea.

Kikau was charged with a grade one dangerous throw for a first-half tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in Friday night's 29-28 win over the Roosters.

Kikau was facing a one-week ban for the tackle irrespective of whether he entered an early guilty plea or went to the judiciary and lost his case.

If he wins he will be free to play in the preliminary finals, but a loss at the judiciary would mean Penrith have the make the grand final for him to play again this year. The Panthers have a week off after defeating the Roosters in the opening week of the finals.