May banned for NRL prelim, Finucane fined

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Taylan May will miss Penrith's NRL preliminary final after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle charge following the Panthers' 27-8 defeat of Parramatta.

The winger was sin-binned for his hit on Eels centre Will Penisini during the first half of Friday night's game and was handed a category two charge.

May risked missing both the preliminary and grand final by unsuccessfully pleading his case at the judiciary and has accepted a one-match ban.

Charlie Staines and Sunia Turuva are the two most likely replacements for May.

May's availability for the finals series had been the subject of debate after the NRL suspended him for two weeks following the guilty verdict in an assault trial but delayed the suspension until 2023.

Cronulla co-captain Dale Finucane was charged with a grade one crusher tackle in the aftermath of the Sharks' qualifying final loss to North Queensland.

Finucane can escape suspension with a $3000 fine for his hit on Luciano Leilua if he accepts an early guilty plea but will miss two games should he make an unsuccessful challenge to the charge.

Canberra prop Joe Tapine and Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt have escaped scrutiny from the match review committee despite being placed on report for a high tackle and a crusher tackle respectively on Saturday.