Hilder takes early plea

Newcastle Knights utility Matt Hilder has taken the early plea for a high tackle charged issued on Monday afternoon by the Match Review Panel.

Hilder was put on report in Sunday's win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for a high tackle on winger Mitch Brown in the 39th minute.

The grade one charge meant Hilder wouldn't miss a game regardless of an early plea (56 points) or if he chose to challenge the charge (75 points).

Bulldogs' captain Michael Ennis was also charged with a grade one high tackle on James McManus

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