Leeds Rhinos have made a crucial decision on Rhyse Martin following his Castleford Tigers ban.
Martin was banned for a Grade A High Tackle for a high shot on Castleford’s Alex Mellor, but it has now been confirmed that Leeds will be appealing the decision.
Martin will plead not guilty to the charge and will appear before the RFL Disciplinary tonight. If his appeal is unsuccessful he will miss this Friday’s Betfred Super League play off clash with Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
Martin wasn’t the only one that was charged yesterday, with four more players banned, one charged and two cautioned:
Sam Hall (Castleford Tigers) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Suaia Matagi (Castleford Tigers) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Rhyse Martin (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Luke Gale (Hull FC) – Grade A Disputes Decision – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Matty Storton (Hull KR) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Liam Whitton (Cornwall) – Grade B Foul Abuse Towards Referee – 1 Match Penalty Notice
The following players were handed cautions:
Daniel Spencer-Tonks (Salford Red Devils) – Other Contrary Behaviour
Mike Butt (Swinton Lions) – Other Contrary Behaviour
If found not guilty, it will mean that Martin will be able to play against the Catalans Dragons on Friday night in what is Leeds’ most important clash of the year.