Johs Dugan will front the judiciary on Wednesday after allegedly being bitten by Storm prop Jesse Bromich on Saturday: Photo: Getty Images
St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan will give evidence atWednesday night’s judiciary hearing that could result inMelbourne prop Jesse Bromwichbeing suspended for the rest of the season if he is found guilty of biting the NSW Origin star during last Saturday night’s match in Napier.
The New Zealand international was one of five players charged over incidents in the weekend’s round of NRL matches, including Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau,whois expectedtoaccepta three-match ban for dangerous contact on Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney, and Canterbury playmaker Josh Reynolds, who is facinga two-to-three match suspension due to 130 per cent loading from five previous offences in the past two years.
Bromwich wascharged withdangerous contact and referred directly to the judiciary with no grading assigned to the charge after Dugan made an on-field complaint to referee Matt Cecchin in the 69th minute of the match, won 22-4 by the Storm.
Reacting angrily as he got to his feet after makinga tackle on Bromwich, Dugan pointed to the spot on his right arm where he claimed to have been bitten and spent three tackles trying to gain the attention of Cecchin,by which time the Melbourne starhad been interchanged.
Withthe incidentplaced on report, Dugan was contacted on Monday by the match review committee and asked to testifyif Bromwich was charged, and he agreed to appear at the judiciary hearing.
While it is unclear what penalty the NRL would seek if Bromwich was found guilty, Canterbury prop James Grahamreceived a 12-matchban for biting Storm fullback Billy Slater in the 2012 grand final, while Bulldogs forwardBrad Morrinwas given an eight-match suspension for biting Parramatta’s Timana Tahuin 2007.
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