Canterbury’s Pritchard faces one-match ban

Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard is set to miss Friday’s NRL semi-final against Sydney Roosters after being charged by the match review committee.

Pritchard is facing a one-match ban unless he successfully contests his charge for kneeing St George Illawarra five-eighth Gareth Widdop in the back when contesting the ball in Saturday’s elimination final victory.

He would have escaped a ban except for carryover points he has.

Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis was more fortunate.

He can escape a one-match ban with an early guilty plea and be free to play in the other semi-final against North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday.

Ennis was charged with a grade one careless high tackle on South Sydney’s Chris McQueen during Sunday’s elimination final win.

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