Head down, tail up: Sonny Bill Williams is up-ended by Issac Luke. Photo: Getty Images
South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will need to beat a grade one dangerous throw charge to take his place in Sunday’s grand final against Canterbury.
Luke was slapped with the charge on Sunday for his tackle on Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams in Friday night’s 32-22 win at ANZ Stadium.
The Bulldogs also have doubts over their hooker with captain Michael Ennis diagnosed with two fractures in his foot suffered late in the first half of the 18-12 triumph over Penrith.
Luke checks on Williams after the tackle. Photo: Getty Images
Roosters prop Sam Moa was charged with a grade-two careless high tackle offence but will escape suspension with an early guilty plea.
Luke was sanctioned by the NRL’s match review committee for his challenge on Sonny Bill Williams in the first half of Souths’ 32-22 win over the Sydney Roosters on Friday.
The New Zealand international was carrying 50 carryover points due to previous offences and would miss the premiership decider with Canterbury on Sunday if he takes the early guilty plea.
On report: Luke during the Rabbitohs’ win over the Roosters. Photo: Getty Images
However, the Rabbitohs are certain to appeal the charge in front of the NRL judiciary panel at Rugby League Central on Tuesday night.
Williams said after the game he felt the incident didn’t warrant his former Kiwi teammate missing the biggest game of his career.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said after his side’s preliminary final win over Penrith that he expected the incident to go before the three-man panel.
Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith sat out the grand final in 2008 after being found guilty at the judiciary and Sydney Roosters great Luke Ricketson suffered a similar fate before the 2004 decider against the Bulldogs.
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