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Stevens to fight NRL knee lifting charge

By Steve Jancetic 30/05/2005 09:05:19 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla front rower Jason Stevens will contest a knee lifting charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night in a bid to play in the crucial clash with fellow top four outfit North Queensland in Townsville.

The veteran prop was hit with a grade one contrary conduct charge - knee lift, following an incident which flattened Parramatta hooker PJ Marsh in the Eels' 34-26 victory at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

The charge carries a 150-point penalty, which equates to a one-week ban.

Stevens appeared to raise his knee as he ran the ball out of his own red zone, though it is unclear whether his knee or hip made contact with Marsh's head.

There was immediate concern for Marsh, who has a history of neck injuries, as he lay motionless on the ground. He was taken from the field in a neck brace, but was later cleared of any serious injury.

Cronulla general manager Steve Rogers said the club would fight the charge to enable Stevens to make the appointment with the Cowboys on Saturday night.

"We're going to defend the charge, but I don't want to elaborate on how or why, we'll just defend the charge and show our support for Jason," Rogers said.

"I spoke to Jason and he was happy for us to defend it."

Sharks coach Stuart Raper said immediately after the game he thought that Marsh's head had hit Stevens' hip.

Parramatta forward FuiFui Moimoi could be sidelined for between eight and six weeks for his high tackle on Sharks forward Hutch Maiava.

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