Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa has been hit with a two-match ban by the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa has been hit with a two-match ban by the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night.

Napa pleaded not guilty to the grade two shoulder charge levelled against him following a hit on South Sydney captain John Sutton early in the Roosters’ final round win on Thursday, in a bid to play in Saturday’s qualifying final against Penrith.

He was found guilty of the charge by the panel of Mal Cochrane, Don McKinnon and Michael Vella and his defence counsel James McLeod subsequently sought a downgrade of the charge.

After further deliberation the panel judged the hit to be a grade one offence.

With 20 per cent loading and 25 carryover points, Napa was hit with 265 penalty points, with each 100 points equal to a match ban.

The Queensland under-20s representative will be eligible to play in the grand final if the Roosters win their qualifying final and a preliminary final two weeks later.

He will be free to play in week three of the finals if the Roosters lose to the Panthers and win their semi-final the week after.

Judiciary prosecutor Peter Kite successfully argued that Napa didn’t make a legitimate attempt to tackle Sutton.

“His hands come across his body and his shoulder drives into the head of player Sutton in a dramatic and whiplash motion,” he said.

“Contact with player Sutton is forceful and that can be seen in his ragdoll look as he hits the ground.”

McLeod countered that “there was a degree of distance between the arm and the body”.

“He was bracing for contact, that’s a collision not a shoulder charge,” he said.

“He made an effort to use the arm.”

McLeod disagreed that contact was made with Sutton’s head, arguing it was made with the neck or shoulder.

The panel took 10 minutes of deliberation before handing down their guilty verdict.

In seeking a downgrade McLeod said the tackle was of a “cushioning impact”.

“It wasn’t flush or blunt force. It was moderate force,” he said.

He argued that a four-week ban, which Napa faced, would have been a “particularly stern consequence” of the tackle, in which Sutton was not injured.

This time the panel sided with the Roosters in granting the downgrade.

Gold Coast will front the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night to contest suspensions against two of their players.

Tom Kingston and Beau Falloon were each hit with a grade-two dangerous throw charge over a tackle on Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds in Sunday’s 19-18 win.

The pair have pleaded guilty but the Titans will challenge the grading in the hope of reducing the two-match ban.

Teammate Dave Taylor will miss the 2015 season-opener after he accepted a one-week ban for his head slam on David Klemmer.

Roosters back-rower Aidan Guerra has already been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with the Panthers after taking the early plea to a chicken wing tackle.

Brisbane’s Martin Kennedy (careless high tackle), Canberra’s Brett White (careless high tackle) and Manly’s James Hasson (dangerous throw) have all escaped suspensions after opting for early guilty pleas.