Titans lock faces ban for shoulder charge

Gold Coast forward Keegan Hipgrave is facing at least a one-game ban for a shoulder charge in the Titans' NRL win over Brisbane.

JOSH MCGUIRE of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
JOSH MCGUIRE of the Broncos takes on the defence during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Gold Coast lock Keegan Hipgrave could join South Sydney's Tom Burgess and the Warriors' Satae Tevita on the sidelines after becoming the seventh player charged by the NRL judiciary this weekend.

Hipgrave is looking at a one-game ban with an early guilty plea after being slapped with a grade one shoulder charge for his hit on young Brisbane forward Tom Flegler in the Titans' 26-18 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

The 22-year-old will miss Friday's home clash with Warriors and faces a potential two-game ban if he challenges the charge and loses.

He is expected to plea by midday on Tuesday.

Hipgrave joined a lengthy charge list from this weekend's action with the six other players all taking early guilty pleas.

Of those, only Burgess and Tevita will serve suspensions.

Burgess copped a grade one striking charge from the Rabbitohs' loss to Newcastle and with scans also revealing an ankle injury and a spell on the sidelines, the English prop took the early guilty plea.

Brother Sam Burgess, who already underwent shoulder clean-up surgery on Saturday morning and will miss five weeks of action, has been fined $1,350 for contrary conduct.

Newcastle's Daniel Safiti was fined $1150 from the same melee.

Elsewhere Warriors forward Satae accepted a one-game ban for grade-one dangerous contact to the neck of Melbourne star Josh Addo-Carr in their home loss on Saturday.

North Queensland's Josh McGuire was slugged with a fine for his facial on Manly centre Dylan Walker on Saturday night.

He took the early guilty plea and the amount was reduced from $4,500 to $3,400.

Sea Eagles winger Jorge Taufua was fined $1150 from tripping in the same game.


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