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Wighton facing ban for Soward tackle

  • Wighton facing ban for Soward tackle

Canberra fullback Jack Wighton's NRL season may be over following his massive hit that left Penrith's Jamie Soward concussed.

Wighton, who wasn't penalised for the tackle during the Raiders' 34-18 defeat of the Panthers on Monday night, was on Tuesday handed a grade-two careless high tackle charge by the match review committee.

If he accepts the early guilty plea - which will result in a one-match ban - or fights the charge at the judiciary and loses he will miss the final-round match against Parramatta on Sunday.

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The hit occurred at the end of the first half and resulted in Soward being stretchered off in a neck brace and taken to hospital for precautionary tests.

Meanwhile, Willie Mason has played his last game for Manly after taking the early guilty plea for a grade-one shoulder charge.

The veteran forward accepted a three-match suspension for his hit on Sydney Roosters' Dylan Napa in the first tackle of the Sea Eagles' 46-10 loss on Friday night.

The game was the veteran's first match back after serving two games for a shoulder charge.

Mason's NRL future is in doubt, given he has not been offered a new contract by Manly and has yet to secure a new club for next year.

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