Sims could miss as much as seven weeks if the Cowboys unsuccessfully challenge his ban at the NRL judiciary.
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North Queensland will be without back-rower Tariq Sims for its semi-final against the Sydney Roosters after he was hit with a grade-three shoulder charge.
Sims faces five weeks on the sidelines if he takes an early guilty plea for a late hit on Brisbane Broncos co-captain Justin Hodges.
If the Cowboys fight the charge and are unsuccessful, Sims could miss as much as seven weeks.
In other NRL judiciary news, Manly Sea Eagles back-rower Anthony Watmough could miss his side’s semi-final clash against the Bulldogs after he was charged with a grade-one dangerous throw on South Sydney star Greg Inglis.
His teammate Jamie Lyon can avoid suspension with an early guilty plea for the same tackle, while Watmough has to successfully fight the charge at the judiciary to lineup against Canterbury.
Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will play against the Cowboys after he escaped sanction for his high hit on Penrith’s Brent Kite.
Brisbane star Ben Barba will avoid suspension with an early guilty-plea after he was hit with a grade-one dangerous conduct charge for twisting the leg of Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt.