Brisbane could be without Adam Blair for up to five NRL matches, after the Broncos forward was put on report for a late and high tackle on Adam Reynolds.
Such a ban would rule Blair out of the New Zealand side for the Anzac Test in Newcastle on May 6.
Blair hit Reynolds in the second half of the Broncos’ 30-8 NRL win on Friday at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
Reynolds returned to the match but there are fears he has suffered a broken jaw for the second time this season, although the full extent of Reynolds’ injury might not be known until Tuesday.
Blair took the early guilty plea on a grade one careless high tackle for his hit on Jake Granville in last year’s grand final, meaning any charge will carry 50 per cent loading.
He could face a grade one reckless high tackle charge, which carries a base penalty of 300 points.
The 50 per cent loading and 59 demerit points on that could tip the suspension to five weeks, with each 100 points earning a week’s suspension. A grade two reckless high tackle would also ban Blair for five matches.
Souths coach Michael Maguire wasn’t impressed with the tackle.
“At at the end of the day, if he’s got a fractured jaw then he’s obviously caught him pretty high in the head – simple as that,” he said.
Reynolds could also be in judiciary trouble after touching referee Jared Maxwell.
ADAM BLAIR POSSIBLE MATCH REVIEW CHARGE
* A grade one careless high tackle carries 75 demerit points. Add 50 per cent loading and 59 demerit points to that and Blair will serve a week’s suspension.
* A grade two careless charge, which carries a base charge of 125 points, would ban Blair for two weeks.
* A grade three careless high tackle charge, with a base of 175 points, would out Blair for three matches.
* A grade one reckless high tackle charge earns 300 demerit points, tipping him to over 500 points with loading and carry over points. A grade two reckless high tackle would also ban Blair for five matches
* A grade one intentional high tackle earns 550 demerit points, 275 points loading to push the possible suspension to seven matches.