Anthony Watmough faces a month on the sidelines

RUGGED Manly and NSW forward Anthony Watmough faces up to a month on the sidelines after the NRL's Match Review Committee charged him with a grade 2 dangerous throw on Queensland rival Nate Myles  in the second half of last night's State of Origin clash at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

Laurie Daley's Blues clinched their first series victory in nine years with a tense and spiteful 6-4 win after halfback Trent Hodkinson scored the only try of the game in the 71st minute .

Watmough's charge with 20 carry over loading amounts amounted to 420 points.

If he contests the penalty and fails, he will miss four games for Manly, currently in second place behind Penrith on the NRL ladder.

Should he take an early guilty plea (reduced to 312 points) he will miss three games.

Three players have succeeded in having dangerous throw chargers downgrade this season, the latest being Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds whose grade two lifting tackle on Brent Tate in the first Origin game in Brisbane last month was reduced to a grade one, allowing him to play in last night's win that broke Queensland's eight-year Origin domination. 

No charges were laid against rival five-eighths Johnathan Thurston and Josh Reynolds who clashed heads in a spiteful clash.


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