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Felise Kaufusi suspended for three weeks, set to miss Broncos-Dolphins clash

Dolphins forward Felise Kaufusi is set to miss next weekend’s highly-anticipated Brisbane derby against the Broncos after copping a three-match ban from the NRL match review committee.

Kaufusi was put on report twice and sin-binned during Friday night’s 36-20 victory over Newcastle.

The former Storm forward was put on report for a high shot in the 63rd minute and sent to the sin bin five minutes later for a late hit on Newcastle halfback Jackson Hastings.

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The NRL match review committee handed down a grade two dangerous contact charge, and three weeks for a third offence. He will cop a four-match ban if he challenges and loses.

Hastings was shaken up by the brutal hit and was called off the ground for a HIA, which left the club less than pleased, according to Andrew Johns.

”I know the Knights are really disappointed in the Jackson Hastings as he got hit in the back and the Bunker came in and took him off for a HIA when there was no hit to the head,” Johns said on Nine’s NRL coverage.

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“That was with 11 minutes to go and Felise went to the sin bin.”

Meanwhile, Sydney Roosters centre Joseph Manu is facing a match on the sidelines after he was hit with a grade two high tackle charge for his hit on Rabbitohs rival Isaiah Tass during Friday night’s clash in Sydney.

Manu’s reckless hit sparks brawl

The hit sparked a melee between Manu and Rabbitohs forward Michael Chee Kam, resulting in both players being sin-binned during the second half of Sydney’s 20-18 victory.

Chee Kam – who was also sent to the sin bin – was fined $1,000 for his role in the melee.

Following the Roosters’ thrilling win, Manu admitted that he’d gone “a bit too far”.

“There’s a lot of emotion there. I don’t mean to do that sort of stuff, but it sort of came up,” he told Nine’s Brad Fittler.

“Tass is a great player, I just enjoy those centre battles and when I get a little win like that I try celebrate it, but probably went a bit too far.”

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