NRL: Inu faces another ban after ugly incident

Krisnan Inu is looking at more time out for unnecessary leg pressure. Photo / NZPA
Krisnan Inu is looking at more time out for unnecessary leg pressure. Photo / NZPA

Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu faces a second stint on the sidelines this season after being hit with a grade-two dangerous contact charge by the NRL match review committee.

In his first game back after serving a five-game ban for a dangerous throw on South Sydney's Greg Inglis, Inu has been charged with making dangerous contact - unnecessary leg pressure on Newcastle wing James McManus.

The ugly incident occurred in the 57th minute of the Knights' impressive win over the Bulldogs on Sunday and led to a war of words between Newcastle prop Willie Mason and Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.

Former Warrior Inu will spend two weeks on the sideline if he takes the early plea and sit out three weeks if he unsuccessfully fights the charge.

Meanwhile, Melbourne's luckless wing Matt Duffie will miss the rest of the NRL season with a knee injury.

In an added blow, Duffie, who missed last year's premiership win with a major shoulder injury, also needs another shoulder reconstruction.

Kiwi Duffie was returning from a shoulder dislocation in the NSW Cup on Saturday.

But just minutes into his comeback game, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Subsequent scans of both the knee and shoulder have revealed he needs reconstructions of both joints.

"Everyone is totally shattered for Matt - he has had absolutely no luck," Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said.

"Nobody has worked harder than Duff over the past few years, especially returning from a shoulder reconstruction and another shoulder operation in the last 18 months.

"Understandably, he is totally gutted by the latest setback."

The Storm hope the 22-year-old will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

The knee operation will be today and the shoulder surgery in several weeks.

- AAP

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