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Hodges, Merrit and Cooper cop match bans

24/03/2009 03:23:14 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane Test star Justin Hodges, South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt and Penrith forward Gavin Cooper have all accepted one match bans for dangerous contact charges from last weekend's NRL games.

Hodges entered an early guilty plea to a grade one grapple tackle on Melbourne's Cameron Smith and will miss Saturday's clash with the Warriors due to his carry over points.

Merritt also pleaded guilty for his feet-first tackle on Parramatta try scorer Joel Reddy and although he had a seven-year incident free discount he will still miss Sunday's clash with Newcastle in Gosford.

Cooper pleaded guilty to a grade two grapple tackle against the Bulldogs and will miss the Panthers' Monday night clash with Manly.

Melbourne centre Willie Isa pleaded not guilty to a grade one grapple tackle charge and will fight the case at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Cronulla's tumultuous week continued with two players charged by the NRL match review committee from Monday night's loss to Newcastle.

Winger Misi Taulapapa was charged with a grade one dangerous contact for a head slam and will miss one week with an early guilty plea.

Centre Ben Pomeroy was handed a grade one careless high tackle charge and has already entered an early guilty plea to escape suspension.

The likely loss of Taulapapa is another blow to the Sharks who are already without prop Ben Ross (neck), fullback Brett Kearney (ankle) and halfback Brett Seymour (suspension) for next week's grudge match with neighbours St George Illawarra.

Meanwhile Dragons under 20s player Ken Edwards has been ordered to face the judiciary for an alleged biting incident during his team's match against the Gold Coast last Saturday.

His case has been referred, without grading, directly to the judiciary.

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