Wests Tigers backrower Gareth Ellis has been charged with tripping but is still free to play in Sunday’s clash with Sydney Roosters.
Ellis caught Matt Orford with his foot in a clumsy attempt to tackle the Manly captain at the Sydney Football Stadium on Monday night, and was duly charged with grade one tripping.
The offence carries only a 90-point penalty, while an early guilty plea would reduce that to 67 points.
Ellis as until midday on Wednesday to enter a plea.
The three players charged on Monday - St George Illawarra’s Jamie Soward, South Sydney’s Chris Sandow and Brisbane Broncos’ Dave Taylor - all entered early guilty pleas and are clear to play this weekend.