Rhyse Martin will be heading for the Operations Rules Tribunal tonight as he appeals his one-match ban given for a Grade A High Tackle on Castleford Tigers’ Alex Mellor.
Leeds Rhinos today confirmed that they would be appealing the ban handed to him by the Disciplinary Match Review Panel.
And, after contacting the RFL, Serious About Rugby League can reveal that his ban will be heard at 5.30pm, but it is unsure when the results will be revealed given the argument put forward by Leeds as well as the amount of evidence put before the Tribunal.
If Martin is found not guilty, it would mean that he would be free to come up against the Catalans Dragons on Friday night as Leeds aim to keep their play-off dream alive in the south of France.
There is also the chance that Martin’s appeal could go the other way and the appeal could be deemed frivolous which would increase the number of games he will be banned for.
If the Papua New Guinean’s appeal also fails it would mean that Leeds would go into the crunch fixture without their goalkicker and talisman in the back row, though Martin’s ban would not carry forward into the 2023 Super League season which of course would be a bonus for next season.
Martin, of course, was not the only one to be given a ban by the MRP with Castleford pair Sam Hall and Suaia Matagi falling foul of the disciplinary whilst Hull FC’s Luke Gale was also given a one-match ban as Matty Storton of Hull KR was given a Grade A charge with no ban.
Meanwhile, Hull KR’s Albert Vete will be referred for further investigation following a citation by the MRP in Rovers’ big win over Hull FC at the weekend.