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MacDougall cops two-match suspension

By Daniel Pace 29/03/2005 08:28:54 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney fullback Adam MacDougall received a two-match suspension on Tuesday when he submitted an early guilty plea to the NRL judiciary for a reckless high tackle charge.

MacDougall opted not to contest the grade one charge for his hit on Canberra halfback Lincoln Withers during the Rabbitohs' 25-18 loss to Canberra at Aussie Stadium on Monday.

The 29-year-old former Test centre will miss games against the NZ Warriors at Ericsson Stadium this Sunday and Newcastle at Gosford on April 10.

Withers was left with a broken nose after his head collided with MacDougall's forearms.

The No.7 was on Tuesday cleared of a fractured cheekbone but is still in doubt for the Raiders' home match against his former club St George Illawarra on Saturday night.

"He took a hell of a crunch and he's still pretty sore," Canberra's club doctor Ian Murphy said on Tuesday night.

"He looks a bit like a racoon with the bruising around the eyes.

"That's why we're taking it pretty cautiously. He won't be doing too much until later in the week that's for sure."

Murphy said he would study facial scans of Withers' injury on Wednesday before deciding whether to give the 23-year-old a clearance to play against the bottom-placed Dragons.

Withers said he held no grudge against MacDougall, one of South Sydney's best in the seven-point loss to Canberra.

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