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Stevens facing second ban

By Steve Jancetic 13/06/2005 06:58:36 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla front rower Jason Stevens is facing his second suspension of the season after the Sharks received a mixed bag from the NRL match review committee.

The news was better news for New Zealand Test centre Nigel Vagana, who was found not to have a case to answer after being put on report for a high tackle in the Sharks' 34-18 loss to Wests Tigers on Friday night.

Stevens is in danger of missing Friday night's clash with the Sydney Roosters after copping a grade one dangerous throw charge for his 54th minute tackle on Tigers winger Daniel Fitzhenry.

Sharks general manager Steve Rogers said the club would wait until midday Tuesday before deciding whether to contest the charge.

If the Sharks do fight the charge, the NRL judiciary will hear the case on Tuesday night due to the State of Origin being held on Wednesday night.

The match with the Tigers was Stevens' first game back following a one-match ban for knee-lifting.

While denying Stevens had a problem with his discipline, Sharks coach Stuart Raper said the former Test front rower would need to work harder to ensure he stayed on the field.

"He's just probably going through a bit of a bad patch where he's getting in the wrong place at the wrong time," Raper said.

"I've talked about his wedgie scenario but that wasn't a major issue with the NRL.

"You've got rules to play with and you've got to abide by them. You can't go around those rules and Jason will have to keep working to make sure he stays within them."

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