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The Judiciary – It’s a busy week!

Seven players have been charged following a marathon sitting by the NRL’s match review committee on Monday. Eels’ forwards Ben Smith (grade two dangerous contact) and Fuifui Moimoi (grade one careless high tackle) headline the long list of charges, while Cowboys prop James Tamou (grade two striking) is facing a two week stint on the sidelines. Moimoi can escape a ban if he pleads guilty while the remaining four – Trent Hodkinson (dangerous throw), Jason Ryles (dangerous contact), Anthony Minichiello (dangerous contact) and Ben Cross (careless high tackle) – have all been slapped with grade one charges but will be also be free to play next weekend if they enter early guilty pleas. Parramatta have placed leading Sydney lawyer and judiciary expert Geoff Bellew SC on standby should the club opt to fight either charge. The match review committee took most of Monday to come up with the season-high list of charges.

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More injury concerns to consider

In the NRL casualty ward there are 84 first-grade players worth more than $12 million who are out of action from between one week to the entire season. The figure was calculated using $150,000 as the average player wage. Some of those to consider are Tim Moltzen who will find out today if he is expected to be ruled out for the season, Club trainers immediately feared the 21-year-old had suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament strain but are waiting for the results of yesterday’s scans before making a final diagnosis. Other concerns coming from the Cowboys v Tigers match include James Tamou (concussion) Gareth Ellis (Broken Nose, Tooth Loss) Aaron Payne (lateral ligament tear in ankle.) and Todd Payten (Calf). The Knights have also been dealt a serious blow in their bid to revive their sluggish 2010 season against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Six key players are battling injuries and in doubt. Captain Kurt Gidley (knee), Mat Hilder (shoulder), Daniel Tolar (shoulder), Evarn Tuimavave (ankle), Ben Rogers (elbow) and Scott Dureau (hip) are uncertain starters. Souths captain Roy Asotasi, who strained a knee on Saturday night, is a strong chance to be named to take on the Eels after he completed a full recovery session with teammates. Sydney City Roosters Hooker James Aubusson looks to looks to be sidelined for a month or more with a tear in his medial ligament on Sunday and no damage was done to the anterior cruciate ligament which kept him sidelined for the back end of 2009.

Round 1 Teams – Cowboys Update

Cowboys forwards Carl Webb ($156,000 FRF/2RF) and Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) are both in battle, but this time its for a place in the starting side and not in the ring. Mason’s arrival from Bondi to join Webb, Luke O’Donnell ($221,900 2RF) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) in the Cowboys pack would have at first appeared a certain starter, but due to his late arrival in the north, the former Test and State of Origin enforcer still lacks match fitness. Webb is in a similar boat after missing last the┬átrial against the Gold Coast in Darwin with a calf problem and Coach Henry cannot afford to take two underdone big men into such an important match. “If Willie plays then we might not be in a position to carry both,” the coach lamented. “There’s no doubt he will be underdone,” Henry said of Webb, who could find himself in the Queensland Cup playing for Northern Pride against the Sunshine Coast in Cairns. “We’re pretty happy with how the other players are going. Payne, O’Donnell, Matt Scott ($179,400 FRF) and Scott Bolton ($224,00 2RF) are certainties. Steve Southern ($155,300 2RF), Manase Manuokafoa (137,100 FRF), Antonio Kaufusi ($142,700 FRF), James Tamou ($141,600 FRF) and Steve Rapira ($161,400 2RF) all are worthy of an opportunity against the Broncos. Clint Amos ($93,500 HOK/2RF) is in consideration for a bench spot and Will Tupou (Not Listed) could land in the back row, wing or on the interchange.