Storm's Smith facing two-match NRL ban
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Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will have until midday on Monday to decide whether to contest a maximum two-match NRL ban for making dangerous contact in his tackle on Kevin Proctor.
The reigning Dally M medallist on Sunday drew a grade two dangerous contact charge after pulling the leg of Proctor in Saturday's win over Gold Coast.
Smith can reduce his suspension to one match if he takes the early guilty plea.
The 34-year-old famously missed the 2008 preliminary final against Cronulla and the grand final against Manly when he was banned for two games for a grapple tackle.
Ironically, Smith's Storm meet the Sea Eagles on Saturday, however, some experts believe the Australian and Queensland captain is lucky not to be facing a longer ban.
"He grabs him at the leg and twists him around. If it was done to his arm, a chicken wing, Cameron would've had a month on the sideline," rugby league immortal Andrew Johns said on Channel Nine.
"I know Cameron's come out and said it wasn't deliberate, but it's dangerous."
Should Smith be rubbed out of the match, back-up hooker Brandon Smith is likely to wear the No.9 jumper against the Sea Eagles.
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