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Witt out for two games

09/06/2004 08:02:43 PM Comments (0)

A rollercoaster week ended with a low for Parramatta five-eighth Michael Witt when he was suspended for two matches by the National Rugby League judiciary.

Witt, 20, was riding high after kicking the match winning goal in the Eels' 18-16 victory at Newcastle on Saturday night, snapping Parramatta's five game losing streak.

But Witt came back to earth when he was found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw.

Witt would have been hit with a one game suspension with an early guilty plea, but he was the only player to plead not guilty after eight were charged by the NRL match review commissioner Greg McCallum.

His dangerous throw charge carried 150 points - 100 points equals a one game suspension - but he also had 93 carry over points.

It was the last thing the Eels needed after finally breaking back into the winners' circle at Newcastle last weekend.

Witt was singled out as the matchwinner by embattled Eels coach Brian Smith who still faces a protest rally from fans when Parramatta hosts Manly on Sunday.

Smith named an 18-man squad with the charge still hanging over Witt, but was not expected to announce a replacement five-eighth until Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Eels will name their next Hall of Fame inductee at an annual players and officials reunion at Parramatta Leagues Club on Saturday.

And the Eels announced its Parramatta Stadium press box would be known as the Peter `Chippy' Frilingos Media Centre, named after the renowned Sydney league media personality who passed away recently.

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