Leeds Rhinos to appeal Harry Newman as England centre speaks out

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions.

Zane Tetevano (Leeds) – Grade D Strikes with Hand, Arm or Shoulder – Refer to Tribunal
Harry Newman (Leeds) – Grade C Aggressive Behaviour towards Match Official – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Bodene Thompson (Leeds) – Grade B Trips – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Elijah Taylor (Salford) – Grade B Strikes with Knee – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Miteli Vulikjapani (Hull FC)- Grace C Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Liam Watts (Castleford) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice

Newman’s ban comes in the wake of his outburst at referee Tom Grant as a St Helens man scored on Thursday’s fixture against the Rhinos.

The Disciplinary Match Review Panel’s minutes state: “Law 15.1 (g) Disputes using aggressive language or body language Grade C.”

It means Newman will miss games against Hull FC and Castleford Tigers with the latter at the Magic Weekend.

The centre has only just returned from a horror hamstring injury.

Following Newman’s citation and charge, Leeds will appeal the challenge.

“Obviously I’ve been banned for aggressive behaviour towards a referee,” Newman told the Yorkshire Post.

“I’m just a very passionate player and sometimes things boil over.

“I don’t think I was aggressive towards him but that’s what I’ve been given so I’ll just have to take it and see what comes from that.

“If it’s come across that way, I just want to apologise to the fans.

“I know the refs have got a tough job to do – they can’t get everything right and as players, it’s tough when you’re in the moment and things sometimes get the better of you.”

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