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Bellew to study tapes of Stewart tackle

By Ben Horne 30/08/2010 07:08:14 PM Comments (0)

Senior Counsel Geoff Bellew will study tapes of Glenn Stewart's striking charge and determine on Manly's behalf whether the Sea Eagles should challenge the incident at the NRL judiciary.

Bellew will on Monday night examine the contact Stewart made to Braith Anasta's face from Sunday's match between Manly and the Roosters. He will report back to the club on Tuesday with his verdict.

The Sea Eagles say Bellew's judgement will dictate whether or not they fight the grade five charge, and if they're going to the judiciary, Bellew will conduct the challenge.

Stewart faces the possibility of not playing another match this season after he struck Anasta with an elbow in the Sea Eagles 30-14 loss.

The former NSW and Test back rower is facing four weeks on the sidelines if he takes the early guilty plea or six matches should he fight the charge and lose.

The maximum six-week penalty would end Stewart's season, while if he cops a four-week ban, the Sea Eagles would have to make the grand final for him to play again.

Roosters forward Daniel Conn copped a grade four charge for a careless high tackle from the same match, however he's facing just a week's suspension if he takes the early guilty plea.

Conn knocked out Manly prop Brent Kite with a nasty looking tackle, but will be free to play in the first week of the finals unless he fights the charge and loses.

Parramatta's Feleti Mateo was charged with a low level striking charge for a punch he threw at Souths' prop Jaiman Lowe on Friday night, however he's free to play this week if he takes the early guilty plea.

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