Sydney Roosters star accepts the early guilty plea.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson will be without his superstar backrower Sonny Bill Williams for next three weeks, after he pleaded guilty to a shoulder charge on South Sydney’s George Burgess.
Williams was given a grade two charge by the NRL match review panel, and its severity prompted an outpouring of criticism from ex-players who said the competition was turning soft.
Now the Roosters will no doubt suffer on and off the field as a direct result of his three game ban.
Anthony Minichiello will escape suspension after taking the early guilty plea for dangerous contact with his knees on Lote Tuqiri – while South Sydney’s Dylan Walker will also be free to play against Manly on Friday night after taking the early guilty plea for his tripping charge on Williams.
Meanwhile, Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough was on Sunday hit with a grade two high tackle charge for a shot on Mitch Brown but won’t serve any time if he cops the early guilty plea.
Parramatta’s Peni Terepo will also escape suspension for his high shot on Carlos Tuimavave that resulted in a controversial eight-point try in Sunday night’s clash against the Warriors.