Parramatta front-rower Darcy Lussick has accepted a four-match NRL ban after taking the early guilty plea over his high tackle charge.
Parramatta front-rower Darcy Lussick has taken the safe route and accepted a four-match NRL ban for his ugly high tackle on Sydney Roosters rival Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
Lussick joined the other five players hit with charges on Monday in accepting early guilty pleas, but only Brisbane prop Josh McGuire and Canberra’s Shaun Fensom will join the Eels firebrand in serving any time on the sidelines.
Lussick could have risked a six-week ban by contesting the grade four reckless high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary, but will instead miss four matches in another blow for the mis-firing Eels.
Fensom and McGuire will both miss just the one match, the latter pleading guilty to two grade one charges while Raiders tackling machine Fensom will miss the clash with Gold Coast over his dangerous contact charge on Newcastle’s Dane Gagai.
The other three players – Tim Mannah, Anthony Watmough and Wests Tigers’ Sue Sauaso – are all free to play this weekend.
Meanwhile, Cronulla pair Bryce Gibbs and Matt Prior will not miss any time after being charged with grade one careless high tackles in Monday night’s heavy loss to Canterbury.