Addin Fonua-Blake of the Sea Eagles is tackled by the Eels defence.
Addin Fonua-Blake of the Sea Eagles is tackled by the Eels defence. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Manly duo cop two-week bans

MANLY firebrands Marty Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake will spend the next two weeks on the sidelines after being whacked for separate shoulder charges against Parramatta.

Compounding the Sea Eagles' season-opening loss to the Eels, forward leader Taupau faced the music over a 13th-minute shot on Suaia Matagi that was dubbed a grade-two shoulder charge by the Match Review Committee.

Taupau and Matagi's running battle was a highlight of the bruising affair at Brookvale, but with loading from three previous, non-similar offences, Taupau has copped a two-week ban after taking an early guilty plea.

Fellow prop Fonua-Blake has accepted the same punishment for a lazy, off-the-ball hit on Corey Norman in the final minute of Manly's 20-12 loss.

Taupau and Fonua-Blake will miss the Sea Eagles' next two matches against the Rabbitohs and Cowboys, further depleting a front-row rotation already without Darcy Lussick (wrist injury).

Elsewhere, Melbourne's Cheyse Blair is free to take on the Warriors on Friday after pleading guilty to a dangerous lifting tackle on Canterbury's Josh Reynolds.

Teammates Will Chambers and Cam Munster have also copped $1100 for respective contrary conduct and tripping charges.

Raider Joey Leilua has done likewise with a $1350 fine for punching North Queensland's Gavin Cooper, but teammate Clay Priest will sit out Saturday's clash with Cronulla thanks to a one-game ban for a crusher tackle on Justin O'Neill.

Roosters veteran Mitchell Aubusson has taken the early guilty plea for a grade-one dangerous throw on the Gold Coast's Ryan James and won't miss any game time.

News Corp Australia

Maternity unit safe

Maternity unit safe

Promising future for Emerald maternity services

Gemfest a 'huge party'

Gemfest a 'huge party'

Heart of event hasn't changed.

Hay runs delivering hope to CQ farmers

Hay runs delivering hope to CQ farmers

A Springsure local took to the road last Friday for a hay run.

Local Partners