Manly pair face tackle bans

Manly could be on the lookout for two new forwards after both Brenton Lawrence and Martin Taupau were both hit with charges from the NRL match review committee on Tuesday.

Taupau has been given a grade two careless high tackle for his hit on Cronulla’s Jack Bird in the Sea Eagles’ win at Brookvale Oval on Monday.

The base penalty of 125 points was exacerbated by a similar offence, meaning he will have to argue his case at the NRL judiciary to play this weekend against the Sydney Roosters.

Lawrence was only pinged with a grade one dangerous contact charge on Michael Ennis, however his 65 carryover points mean he too will have to prove his innocence to take on the Roosters on Saturday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Penrith forwards Jeremy Latimore and Sam McKendry both took the early guilty pleas for separate incidents in their win over Brisbane.

Latimore copped a one-game ban for making dangerous contact to the head/neck of Greg Eden, while McKendry will be free to take on St George Illawarra on Sunday.

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