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Glenn Stewart's Origin hopes in doubt

25/05/2009 08:20:08 PM Comments (0)

Manly backrower Glenn Stewart's State of Origin debut is under serious threat after he was charged with a dangerous throw by the NRL match review panel on Monday.

Stewart, who has played five Tests for Australia, was named by NSW selectors on the interchange bench of the side to face Queensland at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.

But a grade one dangerous throw charge for a tackle on Gold Coast five-eighth Mat Rogers in the Sea Eagles' 18-17 loss on Sunday has cast a dark cloud over his Origin hopes.

Stewart is facing a one-game ban even if he enters an early guilty plea, and a suspension would see him ruled out of the match.

The only way Stewart can line up next week is if he successfully contests the charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

NSW coach Craig Bellamy said on Monday night Penrith's Luke Lewis, who was named as the Blues' 18th man, would come into the side if Stewart is ruled out.

Other players charged on Monday included Parramatta centre Krisnan Inu, who is facing a two-game suspension after being cited for a grade two dangerous throw by the NRL match review panel.

Even with an early plea Inu will miss two matches, while he risks a three-game ban if he opts to contest the charge.

Melbourne winger Anthony Quinn (contrary conduct) will get a one-match ban even if he enters an early guilty plea.

Stewart's Sea Eagles teammate Jason King has also been slapped with a dangerous contact charge but will avoid suspension with an early plea.

Canberra's Jarrod Croker (dangerous throw) and Sydney Rooster Willie Mason (knee lift) are also in the same situation.

Wests Tigers' British import Gareth Ellis has also been cited for dangerous contact from Friday night's loss to Brisbane but the NRL is awaiting a misconduct record from his time in Super League before confirming his points situation.

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