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NSW forward Luke O’Donnell has been handed a three-match suspension for a dangerous tackle that will keep him out of the third State of Origin match.O’Donnell entered an early guilty plea to the charge stemming from the spear tackle on Maroons winger Darius Boyd which sparked an all-in brawl in the Blues’ 34-6 loss to Queensland in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night. As his North Queensland club have only two NRL matches plus a bye beforehand, he is ruled out of the dead rubber third Origin match at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on July 7 when the Blues will attempt to salvage some pride after a fifth straight series loss. O’Donnell appeared lucky not to face further judiciary action for an apparent head butt and punch to the face of Maroons forward David Taylor in the aftermath of his tackle.

Fellow Blues enforcer Paul Gallen escaped suspension after an early guilty plea to a grade one careless tackle charge for his 23rd minute high shot on Nate Myles.

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Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 5 *WIP*

Luke O’Donnell will miss the next three matches after his ‘minute of madness’ against the Tigers on Saturday night. O’Donnell entered a guilty plea to a grade two dangerous contact charge for an ugly grapple tackle on Beau Ryan in the 40th minute of the round five 23-16 loss to the Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium. O’Donnell will miss the Cowboys’ clashes with Newcastle, Parramatta and Melbourne but is still available to play if selected by Australia for the May 7 Test against New Zealand. The only other player so far to receive suspension from round five charges was South Sydney’s Ben Lowe, who will miss one match after taking the early guilty plea on a grade two careless high tackle charge. Pirtek Parramatta Eels centre Joel Reddy has pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 Striking charge, but will miss just one match due to his clean record. Manly’s Brett Kite has contested his grade one careless high tackle charge which will go to an NRL hearing tonight. Newcastle’s Junior Sau entered a guilty plea on his dangerous contact charge but will escape any ban over the incident.

The Judiciary

Manly prop Brent Kite will be joined by fellow representative front-rower Michael Weyman at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night to contest charges ahead of vital round six matches for their respective clubs. Kite has opted to fight his grade one careless high tackle charge, brought about after a high shot on Cronulla winger Blake Ferguson during Manly’s easy 40-12 win last Sunday. The Sea Eagles will argue Ferguson dropped quickly in the tackle and that contributed to Kite hitting him flush across the face. Manly is desperate to have the ex-Test prop onboard for Monday night’s meeting with premier Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. The in-form Weyman will front NRL headquarters to answer a striking charge in the hope of being freed for Friday night’s clash with Gold Coast at Skilled Park. Weyman has nothing to lose by taking his case to the judiciary, with an early guilty plea or guilty verdict costing him one game either way. North Queensland forward Luke O’Donnell will miss three matches after pleading guilty to a grade three dangerous contact (head/neck) charge, while South Sydney’s Ben Lowe will sit out a week after also taking the early plea to a careless high tackle booking. Newcastle centre Junior Sau will line-up against the Cowboys after accepting an early guilty plea to a dangerous contact (knees/leg) charge. Meanwhile, Parramatta’s Joel Reddy is looking at least one match on the sideline after being charged with striking Canberra’s Terry Campese on Monday night. Reddy had until noon Wednesday to enter a plea.

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.