Canterbury's post-grand final tailspin continued when their gamble to fight James Graham's dangerous contact charge for biting Melbourne's Billy Slater failed miserably at the NRL judiciary.

The night started in the most unusual way for the big front-rower but ended as most expected with a hefty 12-match suspension.

As Graham walked into the hearing a fan sporting a Hannibal Lecter mask sledged the England international.

"You won't be biting any ears tonight," the man, Osma Bingilly, originally from Leeds, said to Graham.


The Bulldogs are in damage control following allegations of inappropriate comments made by players to a TV reporter during mad Monday celebrations.

The unidentified players were recorded shouting from a room inside Belmore Oval as the team assembled for their post-season celebrations.