Tuivasa-Sheck heads to NRL judiciary

Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will challenge his grade-one shoulder charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday.

ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Kiwis passes during a New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League World Cup Training Session at the Warriors training Grounds in Auckland, New Zealand.
ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK of the Kiwis passes during a New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League World Cup Training Session at the Warriors training Grounds in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will take a free swing at his shoulder charge citing when he heads to the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

Tuivasa-Sheck was on Saturday hit with a grade-one charge for his illegal hit, which would normally result in a two-game ban if found guilty.

A grade-one shoulder charge attracts a 200-point base penalty.

However Tuivasa-Sheck's seven-year clean record means he will benefit from a 25 per cent penalty reduction no matter the result of the hearing.

An early guilty plea would still have resulted in a one-game ban, while a guilty verdict also ends in a single game's suspension for the 61st-minute hit.

Replays show Tuivasa-Sheck tucked his right shoulder before making contact with Melbourne second-rower Felise Kaufusi midway through the second half.

The incident was not penalised by the referee.

In other judiciary news, Brisbane forward Joe Ofahengaue has been rubbed out for two matches after taking the early guilty plea for his own shoulder charge.

It is the second time Ofahengaue has been sidelined this year, having also served a two-game ban for being in charge of a vehicle while over the alcohol limit.

Broncos teammate Corey Oates has been fined for contrary conduct, while Canberra winger Jordan Rapana also has to pay financially for a high tackle.


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