Last night John Bateman received a three-match ban.
It came for a late hit on Leeds Rhinos’ Aidan Sezer in the semi-final clash between Wigan and Leeds on Friday night.
No doubt frustrated by their start to the second the half as they conceded two quick tries to Jarrod O’Connor and James Bentley, Bateman was clearly trying to spark something but got it terribly wrong hitting his former Canberra teammate late.
To Bateman’s credit he instantly checked on Sezer after the incident, accepted his red card with minimal fuss and again went to check on Sezer before making his early exit as Leeds marched on to the Grand Final though will be without Sezer for the decider against St Helens as consequence.
Bateman meanwhile will miss the start of the World Cup having received a three-match ban for striking after the incident was reviewed by the disciplinary panel last night following Morgan Knowles’ appeal of his two-match ban which sees him miss the Grand Final.
But what about Bateman? Well despite his three-match ban, which on the lower end of the scale for a Grade D offence, he will only miss one of England’s World Cup games.
This is because he has been named in Paul Anderson’s England Knights squad which will equate for one of his three match suspension.
Meanwhile, England’s warmup game for Fiji will also contribute towards the ban. This means he will only miss one of England’s World Cup games missing the opener at St James’ Park against Samoa.