Broncos pair cop one-match ban

Battling Brisbane have been hit with another blow, losing Test forwards Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire to suspension ahead of Thursday night’s NRL away clash with Sydney Roosters.

The Broncos will need to snap out of their worrying slump with a depleted pack after Thaiday and McGuire copped one-match bans with an early guilty plea.

Thaiday was charged with a dangerous throw on Bryce Cartwright.

Fellow Queensland forward McGuire was hit with a dangerous contact charge for his tackle on Josh Mansour in Brisbane’s shock 31-12 loss to Penrith at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

It is another setback for sixth-placed Brisbane who have lost six of their last eight games and are battling to remain in sight of the top four.

Meanwhile, Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau faces a three-week ban for a high shot that forced Wests Tigers’ Tim Grant off the field in a neck brace.

Ah Mau has been hit with a grade three careless high tackle in the wake of Wests Tigers’ 25-12 NRL win over the Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Grant was taken off in a medicab following the Ah Mau tackle midway in the first half and did not return to the field.

The former NSW forward was later cleared of serious injury by club medical staff.

Ah Mau has 62 carry over points and will cop a three-week ban with an early plea and four games if he fights it and loses.

Newcastle forward Mitchell Barnett will miss two games for his second half shoulder charge on Cronulla’s Andrew Fifita in the Knights’ 36-4 loss on Sunday.

He will be sidelined for a fortnight with an early plea or if he fights it.

Wests Tigers’ Sauaso Sue will escape suspension with an early plea to a grade one dangerous contact charge.

Parramatta forward Manu Ma’u faces a one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Gold Coast playmaker Ash Taylor.

He is set to miss the beleaguered Eels’ derby clash with Wests Tigers on Saturday unless he successfully contests the charge.

The Warriors’ Bunty Afoa won’t miss a game if he takes the early guilty plea for grade one dangerous contact with the head or neck of Josh Hodgson in Canberra’s golden point win.

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