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Toyota Cowboys forward Tariq Sims has decided to fight a grade one dangerous contact charge issued by the NRL’s match review panel.

A not guilty plea was lodged with the NRL this morning and Sims, who was charged over a tackle on Wests Tigers’ Tim Simona late in the first half of Saturday night’s 64-6 victory, will face the NRL judiciary via a video link tomorrow night.

If he is successful in having the charge thrown out, the back-rower will be able to play in Monday night’s round 23 clash with Penrith.

However, if he is found guilty he will be hit with 120 penalty points to add to the 13 carryover points he has on his record from a previous charge this season, leading to a one-match ban.

An early guilty plea would have also seen Sims cop a one-week suspension.

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