Monday, June 12, 2017
Warrington captain Chris Hill could miss Saturday’s Challenge Cup clash against Wigan after being charged with reckless use of the shoulder.
The prop forward was sin-binned in the ninth minute of Sunday’s 36-16 defeat at Super League leaders Castleford Tigers for a shoulder charge on England team-mate Luke Gale.
Hill has the option of submitting an early guilty plea for a grade B charge of reckless use of the shoulder, which usually carries a one or two-match suspension.
If Hill submits an early guilty plea and is given a one-match ban he could then appeal that punishment and – if successful – the 29-year-old would be free to face Wigan.
The Wolves will hope the change of competition can inspire them to a winning formula after losing their last four Super League matches, sitting two points off the top eight in the table and piling the pressure on under-fire head coach Tony Smith.
Warrington team-mate Joe Westerman will be available for the cup tie at the Halliwell Jones Stadium against the Warriors despite being given a grade A charge for dangerous contact in the same match as he can also use his early guilty plea.
Leeds forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan will miss Friday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Featherstone after the 35-year-old was given a grade B dangerous charge, which could also rule him out of next week’s home Super League match against the Tigers.
Catalans Dragons prop Sam Moa has been charged with a reckless use of striking with the shoulder charge and will receive a one or two-match ban as a result.
Jamie Acton will definitely be unavailable for Leigh’s Super League match at Widnes on Thursday, June 22 after the forward was handed a grade B charge for tripping and could also miss out on the trip to Catalans the following week.
Rangi Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, was hit with a grade A charge for tripping during Widnes’ defeat to St Helens on Friday, while Saints prop Luke Douglas will face a grade A dangerous contact charge from the same match but he can use his early guilty plea, unlike half-back Chase.
Huddersfield prop Sam Rapira was issued a caution for raising his knee in the tackle during the Giants’ emphatic 56-12 victory at Catalans on Saturday.