Manly to fight Cherry-Evans ban at NRL judiciary

Scott Bailey |

Daly Cherry-Evans was handed a two-match suspension after Manly’s win over Parramatta.
Daly Cherry-Evans was handed a two-match suspension after Manly’s win over Parramatta.

Manly will fight Daly Cherry-Evans’s ban at the NRL judiciary, after opting to try and downgrade his dangerous throw charge.

The Sea Eagles on Monday accepted a two-match suspension for second-rower Haumole Olakau’atu for his role in the tackle on Parramatta’s Shaun Lane during Friday’s clash at Brookvale Oval.

But they have opted to challenge Cherry-Evans’s grade-two charge over the same incident.

If successful, Cherry-Evans would avoid a ban and instead face a fine.

But if the Manly halfback’s challenge fails at the judiciary on Tuesday night his ban would increase to three matches, ruling him out of Magic Round.

If Cherry-Evans is suspended, it is expected Jake Arthur would come into the Manly team at No.7 for matches against Canberra, the Dolphins and Brisbane.

AAP