NRL: Allgood takes two-week ban for punch

Parramatta prop Mitchell Allgood will miss two NRL matches after opting to take an early guilty plea for punching Manly centre Steve Matai.

Allgood was hit with a grade-three striking charge for the attack in a dramatic finish to the Eels' Monday night thrashing at Brookvale Oval.

The decision not to challenge the charge will mean the front-rower will return for the Eels' clash with Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on July 26.

The incident was sparked by a swinging arm on Sea Eagles utility Jamie Buhrer, to which Matai took exception and ran 10 metres to challenge Allgood.

Reni Maitua on Tuesday said it as a case of "hit or be hit'' for his Eels teammate, who let frustration cloud his judgment.

"I don't condone it and it's not a good look for the game but it happened,'' Maitua said.

Allgood is the third player to feel the wrath of the NRL's match review committee following the crackdown on fighting, with NSW forward Paul Gallen and Trent Merrin also charged after landing punches in the opening State of Origin games.

- AAP

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