Ferres considers appealing six-match ban

Leeds Rhinos injury problems

Leeds Rhinos forward Brett Ferres is to consider appealing against his six-match ban for a crusher tackle on Oliver Gildart.

Ferres has apologised for the incident which left the Wigan centre with three fractured vertebrae and a minimum of two months on the sidelines.

Despite this, England international Ferres is considering an appeal after he was left disappointed by the length of the suspension.

“I do think the incident could have been avoided with a different approach to the tackle and an understanding of how the player was positioned. But we have a split second to make a decision in a very intense tough sport,” he said.

“The game is hard enough and no player wants to go out there and intentionally hurt any other player. I am deeply sorry to Oliver that this tackle has resulted in him being injured, I never meant to cause that. I’m also sorry to my team mates and coaches, the club and the fans.

“All that in consideration however, I am disappointed with the severity of the ban, and feel there were valid points that were not perhaps taken into account in the hearing and I am considering appealing the length of the ban.”

Ferres has until 11am on Tuesday 11 April to appeal. He is set to miss the Rhinos next five Super League matches and a Challenge Cup clash against Doncaster.

He would also be ruled out of England’s mid-season international against Samoa in Sydney on May 6 which could potentially harm his World Cup chances.