Cowboys prop Josh McGuire has a date with the NRL judiciary. Picture: Getty Images
Cowboys prop Josh McGuire has a date with the NRL judiciary. Picture: Getty Images

Finally! Cowboys bad boy faces season-ending ban

THE NRL has finally caught up with North Queensland Cowboys bad boy Josh McGuire, who may be ruled out for the rest of the season following his latest grubby act.

McGuire was on Friday hit with a grade-two contrary conduct charge for raking the face of Brisbane forward David Fifita in Thursday night's 18-14 win over the Cowboys in Townsville.

He faces a ban of three to four weeks.

The 29-year-old had already been twice fined this year for similar incidents, and the NRL took into account the previous incidents before determining the charge.

About nine minutes into the match, McGuire placed his hand over the face of Fifita while completing a tackle.

Josh McGuire has been hit with a grade-two contrary conduct charge.
Josh McGuire has been hit with a grade-two contrary conduct charge.

The NRL charge sheet from the match described it as "contrary to the true spirit of the game".

McGuire has already been hit with two grade-one contrary conduct charges this year.

The NRL’s code of procedure showing why Josh McGuire was charged.
The NRL’s code of procedure showing why Josh McGuire was charged.

The first came in round five against Melbourne when Storm star Cameron Munster reeled from a tackle involving McGuire and claimed he was eye gouged, before refusing to make an official complaint after discussing it with captain Cameron Smith.

In round seven, McGuire was slugged with a maximum $4500 fine for his "facial" on Manly centre Dylan Walker, which was later reduced to $3400 with an early guilty plea.

The report from the charge sheet for Thursday night's game read: "The grading ascribed for this charge recognises an added feature, namely, that penalties previously imposed on player McGuire for this type of conduct (Contrary Conduct, Grade 1, 12/4/19 & Contrary Conduct, Grade 1, 8/6/19) have failed to deter him from engaging in it and, as such, the grading reflects the need for a significantly greater level of personal deterrence in his case."

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