Kaufusi seeks charge downgrade

March 20, 2023 12:10 pm

Dolphins forward Felise Kaufusi will contest a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary in a bid to play in Friday night’s inaugural Battle of Brisbane against cross-town rivals, the Broncos.

Kaufusi was charged with grade two dangerous contact for a tackle on Newcastle’s Jackson Hastings that resulted in the Tonga international being sin-binned in Friday night’s 36-20 win over the Knights.

However, the Dolphins are seeking to have the grading lowered to allow Kaufusi to play against the Broncos.

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A downgrade would leave Kaufusi with a fine, while if the challenge is unsuccessful, his suspension will rise from three to four weeks as it is his third offence.

In another case, Roosters star Joseph Manu will miss his side’s round four clash with the Eels after pleading guilty to a Grade 2 Careless High Tackle charge.

Round four of the NRL starts on Thursday with the Eels taking on the Panthers.