Tariq Sims and Anthony Watmough have both taken early guilty pleas at the NRL judiciary.
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North Queensland’s Tariq Sims and Manly’s Anthony Watmough have both taken early guilty pleas at the NRL judiciary.
It means Sims’ career with the North Queensland Cowboys is officially over after the Newcastle-bound player accepted a five-match suspension, while Watmough will miss the Sea Eagles’ elimination final with Canterbury at Allianz Stadium.
Sims is leaving to Cowboys for the Newcastle Knights next season, and the club opted against the distraction of flying down to Sydney to challenge the ban despite the fact they had nothing to lose.
Watmough risked two weeks on the sidelines if he unsuccessfully fought his grade one dangerous throw charge and he’ll now only return if the Sea Eagles can defeat the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
If Manly lose, Watmough too may have played his last game for the club with speculation surrounding a move to Parramatta.