FRESH back from a neck injury, Macquarie’s Adam Swadling faces more time on the sidelines as he prepares to face the Newcastle Rugby League judiciary on Thursday night.
The Scorpions prop has pleaded guilty to a high-grade, high-tackle charge from his comeback game in reserve grade on the weekend, but will front the panel to contest the severity.
Base penalty for the 45th-minute incident, labelled reckless/careless, sits at six matches but could be halved with Swadling’s clean record since 2016 and early guilty plea.
The ruling will be crucial for Macquarie’s run home to the finals, with key forward Daniel Abraham (pectoral) still out injured for possibly another three weeks along with halfback Andy Sumner (broken arm).
Five Scorpions, including Tye Alchin and Brad Russell, are now due back from suspension after pleading guilty to striking charges from a reserve-grade game last month.
Champions Macquarie, who host leaders Maitland on Saturday, are second last on the ladder but only three points from the top five with six rounds left.
* CENTRAL’S Marcel Inkinofo took an early guilty plea on Wednesday and will miss their upcoming clash with Cessnock for his low-grade, striking (knee) charge from the weekend.
* NSW Rugby League are expected to make a decision by Friday about whether Cessnock’s Paul Carter can or can’t appeal a five-week ban for offensive language.
The former NRL player has already missed one match on the weekend based on a separate suspension for a high-tackle charge from the same game.
* CESSNOCK’S Howard Matthews has been suspended for seven games after taking an early guilty plea on Wednesday for a headbutting charge from open grade on the weekend.