Hurrell facing lengthy suspension

AN UNRELENTING NRL continues to cut a swathe through clubs, with another two key players facing extended stints on the sidelines for foul play.

Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell (pictured) may be banned for a month if he challenges a grade-three dangerous contact charge stemming from his raised knee shattering Sharks forward

Anthony Tupou's jaw and re-arranging his teeth on Saturday.

In the opinion of the NRL's match review committee, Hurrell led with his knee as Tupou went in for a tackle early in the second half.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance during the game for emergency surgery.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden defended his Tongan international.

"I know the outcome probably wasn't that great, but I didn't think there was much in it," McFadden said.

"He might have raised it a bit; it's pretty typical of Konrad to run like that. He sort of turns his hip into people, so I thought it was accidental and maybe even that Tupou just put his head on the wrong side."

The match review committee also took offence to Penrith's Tyrone Peachey's brain snap in lifting and dumping Brisbane rival Adam Blair, which earned him a grade-two dangerous throw charge.

With an early guilty plea he will miss two games.

There's no out, though, for Brisbane prop Josh McGuire, who copped a grade-one dangerous throw charge from the Penrith clash, ruling him out of Friday night's blockbuster Queensland derby in Townsville.


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