Wighton facing ban for Soward tackle

Canberra fullback Jack Wighton’s NRL season may be over following his massive hit that left Penrith’s Jamie Soward concussed.

Wighton, who wasn’t penalised for the tackle during the Raiders’ 34-18 defeat of the Panthers on Monday night, was on Tuesday handed a grade-two careless high tackle charge by the match review committee.

Whether he accepts the early guilty plea – which will result in a one-match ban – or fights the charge at the judiciary and loses, will miss the final-round match against Parramatta on Sunday.

The hit occurred at the end of the first half and resulted in Soward being stretchered off in a neck brace and taken to hospital for precautionary tests.

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