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Gibbs facing possible three-week NRL ban

24/08/2009 06:37:17 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers will decide on Tuesday whether to challenge Bryce Gibbs' grade two dangerous contact charge which could have the prop suspended for three game.

Gibbs was put on report after catching Parramatta's Luke Burt in the back with his knee as the winger scored a try during the Tigers' 26-18 defeat by the Eels last Friday.

The 24-year-old will miss his side's last two regular season games against Gold Coast and the Bulldogs if he make an early guilty plea - a big blow to the injury-hit Tigers' finals hopes.

If he opts to fight the charge and loses, he will face a three-game suspension.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens was furious at the decision to put the 24-year-old on report and also award an eight-point try for the incident.

"I thought Gibbs was trying to pull out a bit, it was a big call," Sheens said on Friday.

"I wasn't happy with a few of the calls and also some of the things we did."

Sheens was also unhappy with a challenge by Jarryd Hayne on Gareth Ellis, with the Eels fullback under scrutiny for catching the English second-rower with his elbow.

Hayne was not charged after the incident was looked at by the NRL video committee review on Monday.

Newcastle centre Adam MacDougall also escaped sanction after being put on report for a high shot on North Queensland utility Travis Burns in the Knights' 32-16 win on Saturday.

MacDougall protested his innocence and accused the Cowboys of trying to provoke him into throwing a punch after he was confronted by Johnathan Thurston following the incident.

"I wasn't even in the tackle so I don't know what it was for, I was just in shock, at the end there," he said after the game.

"The Cowboys were trying to get me to react and throw a punch. But I was aware they were trying to bait me."

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