29 Apr 2009

Gallen and Ennis to fight charges

6:23 am on 29 April 2009

The Cronulla rugby league skipper Paul Gallen and in-form Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis will both front the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night after pleading not guilty to charges from weekend matches.

Gallen is contesting a high tackle charge and Ennis a dangerous conduct charge for an alleged chicken wing tackle, their decisions to plead not guilty made easier by the fact both will still only face one match bans if found guilty - the same as for the early guilty plea option.

The Bulldogs have also appealed to the NRL to have Ennis' carry-over points reduced by ten due to the fact the former Brisbane hooker appeared in two sanctioned trial matches earlier this year.

That same scenario revived Luke O'Donnell's Test selection chances, the North Queensland lock pleading guilty to fighting in his side's win over Manly on Saturday night.

O'Donnell will miss only Friday night's match against Parramatta after the Cowboys reduced his carry-over points by providing evidence the backrower had played in two trials matches during the pre-season.

Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh and Canberra's Tom Leahroyd-Lahrs will both miss one week after pleading guilty to their charges.