Bentley and Dwyer banned after match review
Leeds Rhinos forwards James Bentley and Brad Dwyer will both miss Friday’s Betfred Super League trip to Wigan Warriors after receiving bans from the RFL’s match review panel.
Bentley was sent off in the 16th minute for a high tackle on Gareth Widdop, the tackle was judged to be reckless having tried to tackle but been reckless about outcome. It was a Grade C challenge carrying a three game ban, he will be available for selection again for the visit of Hull FC to Headingley on Thursday 10th March.
Dwyer was sin binned for a late challenge on the ball carrier after 36 minutes.
The match review panel judged Dwyer made contact with an opponent after the ball had been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head, neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. It was at the Grade A level which carries a one game ban.
Like Dwyer, Warrington player Ben Currie received a Grade A charge for his high tackle that led to David Fusitu’a leaving the game through concussion. The Match Review panel adjudged that tackle was careless but mitigated the charge because Fusitu’a was dipping into the challenge. Currie does not receive a ban for his Grade A charge. Fusitu’a will miss this Friday’s game as he completes the new mandatory minimum ten day return to play period following a failed Head Injury Assessment.
Warrington player Oliver Holmes, who was also sin binned in the game, was adjudged to have committed a Grade B high tackle and gets a one game ban. The tackle by Joe Philbin on Jack Walker was adjudged to require no further action because the Leeds full back was falling quickly towards Philbin who they judged did not swing his arms and was at an acceptable height to make a legitimate tackle.
The Rhinos will welcome back Blake Austin after he completed his one game suspension last weekend.