21 Jul 2016

Gubb banned for rest of NRL season

5:32 am on 21 July 2016

The Warriors prop Charlie Gubb will miss the rest of the NRL regular season after being hit with a seven-week suspension for his his shoulder charge on Manly's Darcy Lussick.

Warriors prop Charlie Gubb.

Warriors prop Charlie Gubb. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Gubb unsuccessfully challenging the grading of the charge at the NRL judiciary last night.

He was cited for the shot at the 13-minute mark of the Warriors' loss to Manly last weekend in Perth.

Gubb failed in his bid to have the grade-two count downgraded and was found guilty by the judiciary.

Gubb and McFadden were left devastated.

"I'm in shock," said McFadden immediately after the decision was reached.

"We believed there was a strong case for having the charge downgraded to grade one but the judiciary didn't see it that way. It's devastating for Charlie and for the team that he won't be able to play again in the regular season.

"He's an important player in our group with the energy and intensity he brings. We'll miss what he provides but we're just going to have to adapt now to operating without him for the next seven games."

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

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

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.

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

Mamo opted for an early plea on his grade-two dangerous contact charge and Saifiti did likewise on his grade-one shoulder charge.

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

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