Bulldogs big man Jack Hetherington is facing a possible six-week suspension for his high shot on Valentine Holmes during Canterbury’s round six loss.
Hetherington launched at the Cowboys fullback in the second half of Sunday’s game, knocking him down with what Fox League commentator Andrew Voss called an “old-fashioned coathanger” tackle.
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Referee Ashley Klein wasted little time in ordering Hetherington from the field, making him the first player to be sent off this season.
On Monday, Hetherington was charged with a grade-three careless high tackle, which will rule him out of five games if he takes an early guilty plea.
If the former Warrior and Panther contests the charge, he could face as many as six weeks on the sideline.
After the game, coach Trent Barrett maintained Hetherington’s shot wasn’t intentional, saying he “just hung his arm out”.
“He certainly caught him high,” Barrett conceded.
“It wasn’t an intentional shot from Jack, he just hung his arm out and Val’s ok … I haven’t had a look at it yet, to be honest with you.”
Holmes was able to play out the rest of the game and is expected to line up for the Cowboys in round seven.