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Graham to challenge MR charge

Sharks forward Wade Graham will head into the judiciary later tonight after pleading not guilty to a dangerous contact charge leveled against him in the game against the Knights on Sunday.

Graham was handed the grade one charge for a second half tackle on Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga, with the base penalty, plus loading and carry over points, meaning he would miss a game should he accept the charge and plead guilty.

If successful in fighting the charge, Graham would be free to play on Friday night against Souths, while if found guilty he would miss one game and accrue 40 carry over points.

Also charged with grade one dangerous contact – head/neck, Luke Lewis accepted the penalty and with no previous offences or carry-over's will take the field on Friday night.

Lewis's tackle came in the 21st minute of the first half and was following a hit on Newcastle youngster Ponga.

The Graham judiciary hearing will be held tonight.