Eels' Nathan Brown seeks charge downgrade

Pamela Whaley
Parramatta's Nathan Brown will fight the grading to avoid a second suspension this NRL season

Parramatta enforcer Nathan Brown will fight a two-match suspension at the NRL judiciary, hoping to play for the ladder leaders in Saturday's night's big clash with Canberra.

The 27-year-old faces a hearing on Tuesday evening where he will seek a downgrade on his grade-two charge for a careless high tackle on Sydney Roosters lock Victor Radley.

He does not risk an increased suspension by seeking the downgrade but will miss matches against the Raiders and North Queensland if unsuccessful.

It comes just a fortnight after Brown returned to the field from a two-week suspension for dangerous conduct in round two.

Brown was one of the Eels' best in their 24-10 loss to the defending premiers at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, but his high shot on Radley in the 64th minute sparked a melee.

Brisbane duo Patrick Carrigan and Tom Flegler have both accepted one-match bans for dangerous contact and will miss Saturday's clash with Gold Coast.

St George Illawarra winger Jordan Pereira accepted a two-game suspension for a grade-three careless high tackle on Corey Thompson which forced the new Gold Coast fullback from the field.

Warriors hooker Wayde Egan will miss Friday's match against the Storm after pleading guilty to a contrary conduct charge after appearing to rake the eyes of South Sydney fullback Latrell Mitchell on Friday night.

Canterbury winger Christian Crichton could cop a two-week NRL suspension for a shoulder charge on Cronulla's Matt Moylan on Sunday night.

No penalty was awarded but the NRL's match review committee reviewed the 64th minute tackle and laid the charge.

An early guilty plea would rub him out of the Bulldogs' clash with Wests Tigers on Sunday.