Sonny BIll Williams is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines because of a shoulder charge on Rabbitohs forward George Burgess after being cited by the NRL’s match review committee.
WITH the NRL struggling for crowds over the opening round, the news got worse on Monday for the Roosters when Sonny Bill Williams copped the early guilty plea for his shoulder charge on George Burgess – the Kiwi superstar accepting a three week suspension.
Williams was hit with a grade two charge for his shot on Burgess in the final minute of last week’s season opening blockbuster against the Rabbitohs.
The tackle caused plenty of debate over the weekend with league legend Steve “Blocker” Roach declaring the game was in danger of turning into “touch” footy given the severity of the punishment handed out to Williams.
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Now the Roosters will no doubt suffer on and off the field as a direct result of his three game ban.
Anthony Minichiello will escape suspension after taking the early guilty plea for dangerous contact with his knees on Lote Tuqiri – while South Sydney’s Dylan Walker will also be free to play against Manly on Friday night after taking the early guilty plea for his tripping charge on Williams.
Meanwhile, Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough was on Sunday hit with a grade two high tackle charge for a shot on Mitch Brown but won’t serve any time if he cops the early guilty plea.
Parramatta’s Peni Terepo will also escape suspension for his high shot on Carlos Tuimavave that resulted in a controversial eight-point try in Sunday night’s clash against the Warriors.