NRL judiciary charge for Newcastle prop

James Gavet is sent for 10 minutes to the sin bin during Newcastle's loss to Canterbury.
James Gavet is sent for 10 minutes to the sin bin during Newcastle's loss to Canterbury.

Newcastle's James Gavet will avoid suspension if he takes an early plea, after the NRL judiciary charged the prop for dangerous contact during the Knights' 20-14 defeat to Canterbury.

The charge was for Gavet's late tackle on Bulldogs forward Chris Smith in the 62nd minute of the match on Friday night.

The incident resulted in the Samoan international being placed on report and sin-binned by referee Matt Cecchin.

Should Gavet choose to challenge the charge, he risks a one-match ban if he is found guilty.

Nathan Brown's side find themselves in a hole after Friday's upset loss left them with just one win - against a disappointing Brisbane outfit - from their last four starts.

Australian Associated Press