Sport: Dragons' Ravalawa Whacked Over Shoulder Charge, Rooster Cleared

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The Fijian headed to the judiciary on Tuesday night risking the four-match suspension if he was unsuccessful in challenging the shoulder charge citation.

Two prior offences this season saw the base penalty rise from two weeks and in the end, Ravalawa and his representative Nick Ghabar couldn't do enough to convince the panel.

In fact, the three-man panel of Tony Puletua, Sean Garlick and Bob Lindner too just five minutes to find him guilty.

Ravalawa will now miss matches against the Warriors, Sea Eagles, Titans and Rabbitohs.

Earlier in the season, Ravalawa missed two matches for a shoulder charge on Josh Morris. Just weeks after returning, he was suspended for another two weeks for another shoulder in a round 10 loss to Melbourne.

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Meanwhile, Roosters front-rower Sio Siua Taukeiaho has saved himself a bit of coin and a charge on his record, having his high tackle charge overturned.

Taukeiaho was looking at a $1,700 fine but his representative Patrick Knowles successfully argued the prop had no time to pull out of the contact after Cleary slipped as he approached the line.

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Meanwhile, Nelson Asofa-Solomona is looking at a few weeks out after a dangerous contact charge in Melbourne's huge win over the Tigers.

Earlier in the weekend, Brisbane forward Tevita Pangai Jr was charged for a crusher tackle and is facing up to a month on the sidelines.

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Both players will be fined $2,150 for grade one careless high tackles. The base penalty for the charge if $1,500, however both players have prior loading from incidents earlier in the season.

In the same match, Bulldogs forward Luke Thompson was charged with grade one dangerous contact on Dylan Brown, in an incident that saw the Englishman sin-binned.

Thompson will be fined $1,350 if he takes the early guilty plea, and will cop an $1,800 fine if he fights it and loses.

Manly Sea Eagles centre Morgan Harper was also charged with a dangerous contact in his side's win over the Titans, following an incident involving Ash Taylor. He will also be fined $1,350.

MIKAELE RAVALAWA SET TO FIGHT SHOULDER CHARGE BAN

Ravalawa, who has already been suspended twice this season for shoulder charge incidents, will head to the judiciary on Tuesday night.

The seemingly innocuous hit attracted a grade one charge, which has a base penalty of two weeks. Ravalawa wasn't penalised during the game, with the Bunker intervening over a minute after the hit.

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Ravalawa collected Whitehead arond the legs, but the Bunker ruled he didn't make a wrapping action.

Ravalawa has two prior similar offences and 77 carryover points, and will be rubbed out for four games if he is unsuccessful at the judiciary.

Earlier in the season, Ravalawa missed two matches for a shoulder charge on Josh Morris. Just weeks after returning, he was suspended for another two weeks for another shoulder in a round 10 loss to Melbourne.

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NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA FACING TWO WEEKS OUT

Storm forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been charged with a grade one dangerous contact with the head or neck.

He was sin-binned for the shot on Joe Ofahengaue in the 65th minute of the Storm's thrashing of the Tigers.

Asofa-Solomona has 70 carryover points and four non-similar offences in the last two years, so will miss two weeks regardless of an early guilty plea.

MURDOCH-MASILA AND FITZGIBBON FINED

Warriors forward Ben Murdoch-Masila will be fined for a grade one careless high tackle in his side's loss to the Knights in Newcastle on Saturday.

Murdoch-Masila hit Hymel Hunt and will be out of pocket between $1700 and $2250 depending on a plea.

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Knights forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon will also be fined after he was sin binned for a high shot on Warriors half Kodi Nikorima.

Fitzgibbon was hit with a grade one careless high tackle charge and will be fined either $1700 or $2250.

TEVITA PANGAI JR SET TO BE SIDELINED FOR 3-4 WEEKS

He's been in the headlines following the Broncos loss - and things have just got even worse for Tevita Pangai Jr .

The second-rower was told by the club this week that he is free to look elsewhere , with a move to an NRL rival seemingly imminent.

Unfortunately for both Pangai and whichever club he lands at, the Tongan international is now facing up to four matches on the sidelines due to a crusher tackle on South Sydney star Cameron Murray.

Pangai has been cited for a Grade 1 crusher tackle on Murray in the 26th minute of Thursday's game, and due to his judiciary record over the past two years, he will be suspende for three games with an early guilty plea.

If the Broncos decide to fight the charge and lose, the 25-year-old will miss four games.

SIO SIUA TAUKEAIHO AVOIDS BAN FOR CLEARY HIT

It was enough to land him in the sin bin, but Roosters prop Sio Siua Taukeaiho has escaped with a fine for an accidental hit to the head of Nathan Cleary.

In a turning point in the Roosters' eventual loss – when they were up 12-6 after 26 minutes, Taukeaiho was sent for 10 after his arm accidentally collected Cleary high, while the Panthers halfback slipped on the wet turf.

Trent Robinson was livid post-game about the crucial sin-binning , claiming there was nothing his player could've done to avoid the contact, and Panthers counterpart Ivan Cleary was in agreeance that it was an unnecessary punishment.

Luckily for the Roosters, Taukeaiho has been hit with a $1700 fine with an early guilty plea, and will be available next week.

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