Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns has pleaded guilty to a dangerous conduct charge issued against him by the NRL’s match review committee on Monday. Burns was hit with a grade two charge after taking out the legs of Newcastle fullback Shannon McDonnell in the pre-season clash at Port Macquarie on Saturday night. The former Manly and North Queensland playmaker will miss the Panthers’ final trial game against Parramatta on Saturday but will be free to face Newcastle in the season opener on March 12. McDonnell, who had been leaping high to defuse a bomb when hit by Burns, was left heavily concussed and took no further part in the game. The charge carried 250 points, but his early plea reduced this to 187 meaning he has 87 carry over points for any future charge.

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