Melbourne Storm prop Mitchell Sargent has been suspended for two matches and will miss this Sunday�s clash with the Bulldogs after he was found guilty of a grade one dangerous throw at the NRL judiciary tonight.
Following NRL commissioner Jim Hall�s review of Melbourne�s 14-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors last week, Sargent was placed on report for a tackle in the 46th minute on Kiwi prop Jerry Seu Seu.
Storm assistant coach Dean Lance and executive director John Ribot accompanied Sargent to tonight�s hearing and argued that the 23-year-old front-rower was an innocent third party in the tackle and that he played no part in Seu Seu moving beyond the horizontal.
They also claimed that Storm and Queensland hooker Cameron Smith - who took an early guilty plea earlier in the week for a dangerous throw charge emanating from the same tackle� was the main perpetrator of the offence.
However the judiciary ruled that Sargent had in fact been party to the dangerous throw and as a result he will be sidelined this week as Melbourne sets about recording its sixth win in seven matches against the Bulldogs.
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