St George Illawarra and NSW star Tariq Sims is confident of his chances of being cleared to play in next week's State of Origin decider by the judiciary on Tuesday night.
Sims will fight a grade two dangerous contact charge for a tackle on Michael Morgan in the Dragons win over North Queensland on Friday night in the hope of being cleared to play in Origin III.
Should he be found guilty, Sims will miss three matches, including the biggest match of his career thus far, however the 29-year-old is confident he will present a winning case.
"I'm pretty confident, but it's one of those things where you can't control the minds of other people," Sims said.
"I'm confident that we're going to go in there and get the job done and get the best outcome so we can put this to bed and start focusing on what really matters, and that's this next game."
Sims' charge is the first test of a new edict released by the NRL last week to further scrutinise late and high tackles.
Viewed at full speed, it's clear Sims had very little time to react after Morgan passed the ball, however it's likely the contact his left shoulder made with Morgan's head will come under heavy scrutiny.
For Sims, however, the contact was simply an unfortunate by-product of Morgan changing his body position moments before Sims made contact.
"It's no secret I don't think there's anything in it. Obviously it's unfortunate Michael got concussed, but it's a contact sport, he was engaging me in the line.
"It's unfortunate that it happened, but that's rugby league, it's a contact sport. We just need to get through tonight so I can focus on the game."
Sims will be defended by James McLeod, the same man who will represent George Burgess when he fronts the judiciary for his eye gouging charge on what will be a busy night at League Central.
Sims was picked in an unchanged NSW lineup for next week's decider despite having the charges hanging over his head, with Blues coach Brad Fittler standing by the dominant enforcer.
Sims' NSW and St George Illawarra teammate Tyson Frizell said the Blues have entered camp under the belief the Gerringong-product will be free to play next Wednesday night.
"We're all fairly confident he'll be fine," Frizell said. "It's just something he's got to do and something we need to deal with. We're all fairly confident the result will go his way and we'll see him back in camp."