Bromwich hit with biting charge

Melbourne front-rower Jesse Bromwich is facing a lengthy ban after he was charged with biting by the NRL match review committee.

Bromwich was hit with a dangerous contract charge and has been referred directly to the NRL judiciary.

He was accused by St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan of biting down on his arm during the Storm’s 22-4 win on Saturday.

Dugan got up angrily and remonstrated with the on-field referees, pointing to his right arm where he was alleged to have been bitten.

Canterbury prop James Graham was rubbed out for 12 weeks for a similar incident in the 2012 grand final when he bit the Storm’s Billy Slater.

In 2007, Bulldogs forward Brad Morrin was suspended for eight weeks for biting on Parramatta’s Timana Tahu.

Meanwhile, Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau is facing up to four weeks on the sideline for an ugly swinging arm on the Sydney Roosters’ James Maloney.

Taupau has been charged with grade three dangerous contact and will sit out three weeks with an early guilty plea and a month if found guilty.

Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds is facing one to two weeks out for his hit on Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes.

Reynolds connected with the head and neck of Holmes as the youngster attempted a field goal in the dying stages of the Sharks’ win at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

It continues the former NSW pivot’s poor record at the judiciary with the fiery competitor being lumped with extra loading because of one prior similar offence and four non-similar offences in the last two years.

He can accept a one-game ban if he pleads guilty but could be rubbed out for a fortnight if found guilty.

Brisbane prop Adam Blair had been charged with a grade two shoulder charge on Gold Coast’s Kane Elgey and can accept a two-week ban with an early guilty plea but will miss three matches if he fights the charge and loses.

The often-maligned Blair has found form under master coach Wayne Bennett and his loss would be a big one with front-row partner Josh McGuire out for the rest of the year with an Achilles injury.

Newcastle playmaker Tyrone Roberts will be free to play this weekend with an early guilty plea to a dangerous throw charge.

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