Matai Faces 7-9week Ban

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai faces the longest suspension for an NRL player this season and will miss the Four Nations tournament for New Zealand in October after being slapped with a 7-9-week suspension today. <br><br> The NRL Match review Committee today charged Matai with a grade three reckless high tackle on a Michael Ennis in the 50th minute of yesterday's loss to the Bulldogs. He will miss seven weeks if he takes the early plea. <br><br><br />Matai's team-mates Jason King and Chris Bailey were also both charged grade one careless high tackles. Bailey escapes suspension but King faces missing this week's sudden death Qualifying Final against the Dragons whether he takes the early or guilty plea because of carry-over points. <br><br> The South Sydney Rabbitohs Dave Taylor was also charged with a grade one careless high tackle in last night's loss to the Dragons but will escape suspension.