Brisbane second-rower Adam Blair will fight a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary in a bid to be available for the Broncos’ blockbuster with Cronulla on Sunday.
Blair would have missed the match had he taken the early guilty plea for the hit which left South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds with a suspected broken jaw.
If he is unsuccessful in beating the charge, he will still only miss the one game and be available for New Zealand in the mid-year Test if he is selected.
Meanwhile the Rabbitohs will be without Paul Carter for Thursday night’s game against Wests Tigers after the back-rower accepted an early guilty plea for tripping.
Carter was charged for tripping Anthony Milford in the second half of the their 22-point loss to the Broncos on Friday night, and will miss one match once carryover points are added.
The news is better for halfback Reynolds though, who provided he overcomes the jaw injury, is free to play on Thursday after pleading guilty to a contrary conduct charge for touching referee Jared Maxwell in the same match.
Brisbane forward Joe Ofahengaue will also be available to play this weekend after accepting the early guilty plea for a careless high tackle on Carter.