Sonny Bill cops two for high tackle

ROOSTERS coach Trent Robinson said he was confident star back-rower Sonny Bill Williams would have no case to answer after his hit on Knights prop Willie Mason during Sunday's game in Newcastle.

The match review committee had a different view, however, yesterday slapping the Kiwi international with a grade three careless high tackle charge.

He will miss two weeks regardless of whether he makes an early guilty plea, or challenges the charge at the judiciary.

Mason is also set for a stint on the sidelines after tearing his calf. The big front-rower was limping heavily after the match and was due to have scans on the injury yesterday to determine the extent of the damage.

Apart from Williams, two other players were cited after the weekend's games.

Parramatta's Willie Tonga received a grade one dangerous throw charge for his tackle on Josh Reynolds on Friday night, but can escape suspension with an early guilty plea.

Raiders winger Sandor Earl will also escape suspension with an early guilty plea for his high shot on Dragons forward Ben Creagh.

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