Canterbury second-rower Josh Jackson will fight to get his dangerous-throw charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night in a bid to play in the State of Origin decider in Brisbane.
Jackson was slapped with a grade-two dangerous throw on Penrith playmaker Jamie Soward in the first half of their win over Penrith on Saturday night.
If successful, the NSW forward will miss the Bulldogs’ clash with Melbourne on Monday night but be available for selection when Blues coach Laurie Daley names his team next Tuesday for Origin III on July 8.
The Bulldogs have also indicated lock Greg Eastwood has taken the early guilty plea for his part in the tackle, freeing him to take on the Storm.
Meanwhile, St George-Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein is facing one week on the sidelines after being charged with a dangerous throw in his side’s NRL loss to the Sydney Roosters on Monday night.
Rein was only slapped with a grade-one dangerous throw on Roosters second-rower Boyd Cordner in the first half but will miss a game due to a previous offence unless he fights the charge and wins.
The Dragons next take on Parramatta on Saturday night.