Newcastle's Jeremy Smith gets six-week ban

Last updated 01:15 18/04/2013
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SITTING OUT: Kiwi Jeremy Smith will miss six match for the Newcastle Knights after failing to get his dangerous tackle charge downgraded.

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Newcastle Knights back-rower Jeremy Smith has failed in his bid to have a dangerous contact charge downgraded at the NRL Judiciary and will miss six games.

The New Zealand representative was effectively always going to miss Friday night's Test against Australia after he pleaded guilty - but he was hopeful of a downgrade to two weeks.

Instead the initial charge was upheld and he'll now find himself out of five NRL games for the Knights as well as the Test in Canberra.

Smith was the second man involved in the tackle of Penrith's Matt Robinson during their 8-6 win over the Panthers on Saturday at Hunter Stadium.

His arm and elbow came into contact with Robinson's face and the Panther's head hit the ground heavily after the contact.

The initial grading carried a four-match ban but because of a prior offence in the past two years, Smith was hit with the six-game suspension.

Tohu Harris was called into the Kiwis' squad.

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