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NRL charges Ryan, Fa'alogo

By Philip Henderson 30/07/2007 07:45:45 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan is set to join fellow club international forwards Mark O'Meley and Willie Mason on the sidelines this weekend unless he successfully fights a high-tackle charge at the NRL judiciary.

Ryan was charged on Monday with a grade-two careless high tackle for his shot on St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles.

He would normally have escaped a suspension with an early guilty plea, but because of loading from a previous offence and carry-over points now faces up to two weeks on the sidelines.

He will miss the Dogs' crunch match with third-placed Parramatta on Friday if he takes the early guilty plea, but will risk a two-game ban if he goes to the judiciary.

The Dogs will wait until Tuesday morning before announcing whether they will fight the charge, with their best defence likely to be arguing that Ryles was already falling when Ryan connected.

Ryles was forced from the field following the hit in the 16th minute. He returned, though, in the second half and on Monday said he held no grudge against Ryan for the hit.

The loss of Ryan would be another blow for the Dogs, with Mason (wrist) out for at least another month and O'Meley (torn hamstring) not expected back until the following week's clash with Canberra after aggravating his injury in training last week.

South Sydney backrower David Fa'alogo was the only other player charged by the match review committee on Monday, but will escape suspension with an early guilty plea.

The Kiwi international received a grade one striking charge after he appeared to connect with his forearm to the face of Gold Coast prop Ian Donnelly.

Melbourne breathed easier with prop Brett White and Greg Inglis both avoiding charges after coming under scrutiny for incidents in Friday's loss to the Sydney Roosters.

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