Shoulder charge leaves Newcastle prop with serious injuries.
Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams looks set to miss the next two weeks in the NRL after being hit with a Grade 3 Careless High Tackle charge for his shot on Willie Mason.
Williams showed there was no love lost for his former Canterbury teammate when he copped him flush with the point of his shoulder, as the Knights prop was wrapped up in a gang-tackle.
Interestingly the match review committee did not deem it to be a shoulder charge, saying Williams did not have his arm tucked underneath him.
Williams has carry-over points after being charged for a careless high tackle in round 13, so he could face a two-or three-week ban.
Not helping Williams chances of getting off with a lighter sentence is the news Mason has suffered a fractured cheek-bone, along with a calf tear in a separate incident, and will miss four weeks.
“He hit me with a shoulder to the head,” Mason said of the shot that left him dazed.
“If you look through my whole career it’s a pretty hard head to knock out. But we’ll see what happens. The judiciary can take care of that.”
If the Sydney Roosters star was to be rubbed out for at least two weeks he would miss games against Penrith and Canberra, and possibly Wests Tigers, if he gets the maximum punishment available to him.