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Judiciary Report: Round 17

Cronulla Sharks halfback Chad Townsend is set to be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season after he was cited for a Grade Three Shoulder Charge in his side's Round 17 loss to Newcastle.

Townsend – who was sent off for the incident on Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga — will miss the next three weeks with an early guilty plea.

John Morris' side will also be without captain Wade Graham for the next two matches after he was charged with a Grade Two Dangerous Throw on Knights playmaker Mason Lino — a tackle that also saw Sharks forward Toby Rudolph charged but avoid suspension with a minor role in the incident.

Broncos forward Jordan Riki is looking at a two-week suspension for his crusher tackle on Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary, while Cory Paix and Jamil Hopoate were also both reported by the Match Review Committee from the game.

Knights forward David Klemmer and Storm prop Christian Welch can both avoid suspension from their offences with early guilty pleas.

No Wests Tigers players were charged from their win over the Sea Eagles.

JUDICIARY REPORT: ROUND 17

PLAYER CHARGE SUSPENSION
Cory Paix (Brisbane Broncos) Grade 1 Dangerous Throw 0 weeks
Jamil Hopoate (Brisbane Broncos) Grade 1 Dangerous Throw 1 week
Jordan Riki (Brisbane Broncos) Grade 1 Crusher Tackle 2 weeks
Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm) Grade 1 Dangerous Contact - Head/Neck 0 weeks
Chad Townsend (Cronulla Sharks) Grade 3 Shoulder Charge 3 weeks
Toby Rudolph (Cronulla Sharks) Grade 1 Dangerous Throw 0 weeks
Wade Graham (Cronulla Sharks) Grade 2 Dangerous Throw 2 weeks
David Klemmer (Newcastle Knights) Grade 1 Contrary Conduct $1,150 fine