Cronulla Sharks star Ben Barba has been banned for two NRL games after pleading guilty to two charges of dangerous passing and dangerous dangerous contact on Tuesday.
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Barba was charged on a grade one dangerous throw on Melbourne Storm centre Kurt Mann, along with a grade one dangerous contact on Marika Koroibete, according to NRL.com.
It means Barba will miss his side’s clashes with the Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters.
The loss of the Dally M winner is a massive blow to the Sharks in a season where the Shire club are expected to turn its fortunes around.
In other NRL judiciary news, Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims pleaded guilty to two separate offences and will miss two matches.
Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards will miss one week after taking an early guilty plea for a grade two dangerous contact charge, while Canberra Raiders man Shaun Fensom has pleaded not guilty to a grade one dangerous contact charge and will face the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.