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Mat Rogers facing three-week NRL ban

14/04/2008 05:11:17 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast are expected to seek a downgrade of a dangerous throw charge levelled against Mat Rogers that could sideline the Titans five-eighth for up to four weeks.

The NRL match review committee charged Rogers with a grade two dangerous throw on Parramatta fullback Luke Burt last Friday.

The dual international can accept a three game ban with an early guilty plea but risks a four-match suspension if he decides to fight the charge and loses.

"I think it was a really strong, driving tackle," said Titans managing director Michael Searle.

"Grade two came as a little bit of a shock to me. I didn't see that coming.

"In saying that it's our job to prove that it was a grade one, not a grade two."

Searle said he would discuss seeking a downgrade in a phone hook-up with leading Sydney barrister Geoff Bellew on Tuesday.

"We've just got to review it and see which way we go," Searle added.

"I think the best thing we can do is go for a downgrade."

Even if Rogers is successful in being granted a downgrade, he'll still be banned for one match and will miss Friday's top of the table blockbuster with local rivals Brisbane.

"I'm disappointed for Rat (Rogers) because he really lifts for those sort of games," said Searle.

Coach John Cartwright is likely to shift lock Ashley Harrison to five-eighth and promote utility Daniel Conn into the starting side for the clash with the Broncos.

Cartwright's assistant Trevor Gillmeister said after the game: "From the angle I saw Mat Rogers' tackle, he (Burt) seemed to land on his back.

"I didn't think it was too bad.

"Sure, if they slow it right down it can look worse, but so can a lot of things.

"Burt didn't get hurt so there should be a bit of leeway there."

Canberra pair Trevor Thurling and Ben Jones were both hit with grade one dangerous throw charges from their 37th minute tackle in the Raiders' win over Wests Tigers on Sunday.

While Jones can escape a ban with an early guilty plea, Thurling faces a two game suspension due to his prior similar offence and carryover points, regardless of his plea.

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