As the NRL reaches the business end of the season, the pressure is on remaining teams to make good on their finals bid.

Some have a harder road than others as the dust starts to settle on today’s judiciary outcomes.

Nick Kelly reports.


Manly forward Anthony Watmough will miss the rest of the season after being hit with a grade one dangerous throw from Friday’s humiliating loss to South Sydney.

Cowboys powerhouse Tariq Simms has played his final game for the team following a shoulder charge in Saturday’s elimination final win against the Broncos.

An early guilty plea entered today will see Simms miss five games which could delay his season start with Newcastle next year.

Simms’ suspension is good news for the Roosters who face North Queensland in a semi-final on Friday night.

More good luck for the Roosters with prop Jared Warrea-Hardgraves cleared by the judiciary and the possible return of hooker, Jake Friend, who’s recovered from lung problems.

Mitchell Pearce, Roosters captain: “To get Friendy back and just have that control, he’s a natural hooker and leader of the team so yeah it’s massive to get him back.”

Manly take on the Bulldogs in Sydney on Saturday night.

Nick Kelly, QUT News.