14 Jul 2009

Kiwis centre suspended for two games

6:46 pm on 14 July 2009

Manly and Kiwis centre Steve Matai has been handed a two-match ban by the National Rugby League judiciary after taking early guilty pleas to two separate charges of dangerous conduct.

Matai was charged with using his knees in a tackle on St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward and also with a grapple tackle on the same player in the Sea Eagles' 48-18 loss to the Dragons on Sunday.

Matai will miss the defending premiers' clash with Cronulla on Saturday and next round encounter against Newcastle.