Greg Bird receives another NRL suspension

Greg Bird will miss the Gold Coast’s clash with Parramatta after taking an early guilty plea for his high tackle on Garth Widdop.

Bird remains the fourth most suspended player of the NRL-era after pleading guilty early on to a grade-two careless high tackle from the Titans’ win over St George Illawarra on Friday.

It is the second time Bird has been suspended this season. The former representative player will return for Monday week’s for the round 21 fixture against Cronulla.

Warriors prop Charlie Gubb is contesting the grading of his grade-two shoulder charge on Darcy Lussick at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Gubb was cited for the shot in the Warriors’ loss to Manly in Perth on Saturday.

Gubb faced up to seven weeks out for the tackle, but after pleading guilty he will miss up to five matches, less if the charge is downgraded.

Newcastle’s Jake Mamo and Daniel Saifiti will miss Sunday’s round 20 NRL clash with Cronulla after taking early guilty pleas on their respective match review committee charges.

Mamo took the early plea on his grade-two dangerous contact charge and Saifiti did likewise on his grade-one shoulder charge.

Both players will miss one match, which means they will be next available for the Knights’ round 21 match against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Sunday week.

Knights utility Sione Mata’utia has pleaded no contest to a grade-one careless high tackle and has taken a one-match ban, but he is sidelined for four weeks due to a jaw injury.

Mata’utia’s no contest plea, as opposed to an early-guilty plea, means he will have less carryover points when returns to football.

Penrith forward Lelani Latu took the early-guilty plea on a tripping charge, but has escaped suspension.

NRL’s MOST SUSPENDED PLAYERS:

1. John Hopoate – 45 weeks

2. Luke O’Donnell/Craig Smith – 32 weeks

4. Greg Bird – 31 weeks

5. Danny Williams – 28 weeks

6. Jason Stevens/Adrian Morley – 26 weeks

Source: Fox Sports Stats

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