Justin Poore, Beau Scott will contest charges

St George Illawarra prop Justin Poore will risk a three-week ban at the NRL judiciary tonight in a bid to play in Saturday’s clash with the Raiders.Poore is attempting to have a dangerous throw charge reduced to a grade one offence at a hearing in Sydney tonight, which would mean he is free to line up at Canberra Stadium.The 24-year-old upended Penrith winger Shane Elford in the 14th minute of the 25-6 victory over the Panthers at CUA Stadium on Friday night. Full coverage of The St George Illawarra DragonsHowever, the Dragons are set to argue that the way Elford moved into the tackle, and not any driving force from Poore, resulted in him landing on his back and neck.It is a major gamble for the NSW State of Origin front-rower, who faces three weeks on the sideline if he is found guilty.It would mean Poore would not play again until round 26 against Parramatta – the club he will join next season – just a week out from the finals.Elford was transported to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital after it was feared he had suffered bleeding around the eye as a result of the tackle, but was released on Friday night after being cleared of any major damage.Meantime, Dragons team-mate Beau Scott will fight a separate dangerous throw charge at the judiciary tonight.Scott and Matt Prior were charged with grade one penalties for a tackle on Penrith five-eighth Wade Graham in the 41st minute of Friday’s game.While second-rower Prior took the one-week ban, Scott is hoping to have the charge overturned at tonight’s hearing.Scott switched from the second row to the centres early this season and has been credited with playing a major role in the remarkable rise of Jamie Soward, by taking on a high defensive workload in protecting the Dragons playmaker.The loss of all three players will be a major test for St George Illawarra – who will virtually guarantee themselves the minor premiership with victory over Canberra on Saturday night.However, the Dragons haven’t won in the nation’s capital since 2000 and another loss would leave the door ajar for the Bulldogs to snatch top position on the ladder.St George Illawarra may lose both centres for the Raiders clash, with Matt Cooper in danger of missing the game with a heel injury.
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