Klemmer, Taia slapped with NRL bans

Canterbury forward David Klemmer is facing a two-week NRL ban for his controversial torpedo-style dive on Melbourne Storm’s Kenny Bromwich.

Klemmer has been slapped with a grade two dangerous contact charge, having launched himself into Bromwich’s legs during Saturday night’s trial at Belmore Oval without making an attempt to use his arms in the tackle.

The incident sparked a push-and-shove scuffle and came after the NSW Origin forward took exception to a heavy tackle on teammate Michael Lichaa in the previous set.

Klemmer can escape with a two-week ban if he pleads guilty but risks missing three weeks if he fights the charge and loses.

The ban comes with a 20 per cent loading which stems from Klemmer’s three-match suspension for contrary conduct in the Bulldogs’ Good Friday match against South Sydney last year.

Gold Coast’s Zeb Taia has also copped a grade one dangerous throw charge for his weekend trial match tackle on Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis but will be free to play in the Titans’ season opener if he takes an early guilty plea.

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