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Ryan successfully downgrades charge

17/03/2010 08:49:05 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan has successfully downgraded his charge relating to a "crusher" tackle during Monday's 26-22 win over Manly.

Ryan was hit with a grade three dangerous contact charge for an incident with Sea Eagles winger Michael Robertson during the NRL match.

He was facing a four-week ban after taking the early guilty plea on the charge but successfully had the grading brought down to grade two on Wednesday, meaning he will only miss this weekend's clash against the Sydney Roosters.

Ryan's absence will place a bigger burden on dual international Lote Tuqiri on the wing for the Tigers after the former Wallaby made a strong return to rugby league against Manly.

Sea Eagles forward George Rose will also sit out this weekend's action after taking the early guilty plea for his careless high tackle from the same fiery match.

Rose will be a big omission for the 2008 premiers, who are reeling after former Test fullback Brett Stewart was on Wednesday ruled out for five months with a knee injury.

One other player will be sidelined for disciplinary reasons this weekend - Canterbury's Michael Ennis - who is out for one match after taking an early guilty plea on a careless high tackle.

Manly pair Brent Kite and Kieran Foran as well as Gold Coast's Bodene Thompson and Warrior James Maloney have all escaped suspension from their charges after taking early guilty pleas.

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