Cronulla’s Heighington cops three-week ban

Cronulla forward Chris Heighington will miss three games after taking the early guilty plea for his dangerous throw in last week’s NRL defeat to Penrith.

Manly’s Steve Matai will fight a grade one contrary conduct charge at Rugby League Central on Wednesday.

The centre was sanctioned for making contact with referee Matt Cecchin during the Sea Eagles’ win over Melbourne on Saturday.

Should Matai fail to beat the charge he’ll miss the club’s round nine clash against Newcastle.

The former Kiwi Test star also entered an early guilty plea for a separate charge, a grade one high tackle on Melbourne centre Will Chambers.

Panthers winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak also accepted a one-game ban for a dangerous throw on Cronulla’s Wade Graham, ruling him out of a Test debut for New Zealand on Friday.

Newcastle’s Jeremy Smith (tripping), Sydney Roosters’ forward Dylan Napa (careless high tackle) and Brisbane’s Josh Maguire (careless high tackle) also entered early guilty pleas but won’t miss any game time.

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