International star could miss between four to six weeks for head slam tackle.
New Zealand will be without enforcer Jeremy Smith for their test match against Australia, after the Newcastle second-rower was hit with a serious charge after the weekend’s action.
Smith was put on report in the 64th minute when he brought his right arm and elbow down on the top of Penrith’s Matt Robinson as part of a two-man tackle.
As a result of the impact, Robinson was knocked-out stretchered from the field and put in a neck brace to avoid possible further damage.
Due to the severity of the grading the minimum time Smith could spend on the sideline is a month if he pleads guilty, with one of those four games being served by the Test match in Canberra.
If the Knights chose to contest the charge or the grading at the judicary, then Wayne Bennett could be without Smith for six weeks.
Check out the tackle by Smith on Robinson below:
In other NRL judicary news, the Bulldogs’ Dale Finucane and Warriors prop Russell Packer were both hit with grade one dangerous contact charges but can escape suspension with an early plea.
Finucane was charged for an incident in the 54th minute where it was deemed he placed unnecessary shoulder/arm pressure on the Roosters’ Daniel Tupou.
Packer’s charge was for unnecessary head/neck pressure in a third-minute tackle on the Raiders’ Brett White.