Scott gets ban, Graham cleared for Friday

North Queensland prop Matt Scott will miss the Cowboys' match against Manly while Cronulla's Wade Graham has been cleared to take on Souths after a night of differing fortunes at the NRL judiciary.

The struggling Cowboys will now be three forwards down for the Lottoland clash on Thursday after the decision to ban Scott for a shoulder charge was upheld.

Suspended: Matt Scott will miss the game against Manly.

With Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper on Queensland State of Origin duty, it's another hammer blow for the struggling Cowboys who are sitting second last with just three wins.

Scott will miss one game for his hit on Melbourne's Young Tonumaipea, some more ordinary news after his non-selection for the Maroons.

"It's disappointing, obviously it didn't go the way we wanted it to," Scott said after the hearing.

"I thought I had a pretty good argument with two areas of the charge, using both arms and a duty of care.

"I've seen a lot of other tackles in games recently that are a lot more dangerous and resulted in injury. It's quite frustrating to be given a week for, in my opinion, a pretty innocuous tackle."

Cleared to play: Wade Graham.

Meanwhile Cronulla star Graham successfully contested a dangerous contact charge for a crusher tackle.

Graham was charged for the tackle on Newcastle's Kalyn Ponga in the Sharks' thumping of the Knights on Sunday.

His availability for Friday's Souths clash at ANZ Stadium is a massive bonus for Cronulla, given the home side is without four State of Origin stars.

The Sharks will only lose Valentine Holmes to the representative arena.

Meanwhile Newcastle prop Herman Ese'ese will miss Saturday's clash with Parramatta after entering an early guilty plea for a high tackle.


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