Young Panther faces second NRL ban

Scott Bailey
Penrith youngster Jack Hetherington (with ball) faces his second ban of a five-match NRL career

Penrith youngster Jack Hetherington faces the second suspension of his short NRL career after being charged with dangerous contact in the win over St George Illawarra.

Hetherington was assessed with a grade-one offence by the match review committee for a leg pull on Dragons forward Paul Vaughan on Saturday night.

He will miss the ladder leaders' round-14 clash against Canberra with an early guilty plea, but would spend a second match on the sideline if he fights the charge and loses at the judiciary.

The 21-year-old has only played five NRL games and he was also charged with a dangerous contact offence earlier this month.

In total, he has been charged five times in the past two years, with his offences dating back to his time in both NSW Cup and under-20s.

Gold Coast forward Keegan Hipgrave collected the third charge of his nine-game career after the Titans' loss to the Sydney Roosters, cited for a careless high tackle on James Tedesco.

He'll escape with a fine, reduced to $1500, if he pleads guilty.

South Sydney's Tom Burgess (tripping) and the Dragons' Blake Lawrie (dangerous contact) were also charged with lesser offences out of Saturday's games and will avoid bans.