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Leigh Leopards star to appeal ban

Rivals Round was a brilliant showing of Super League over this past weekend but it was a round of rugby that threw up plenty of bans.

A whopping 10 players were hit with bans and two will head to tribunal after a busy Bank Holiday Monday for the Match Review Panel.

One of those players that was banned will now make an appeal the RFL have confirmed.

Ava Seumanufagai was hit with a one match ban for a Grade B charge of dangerous contact but the Leigh Leopards’ man is set to appeal that decision.

Leigh ran our narrow losers to Salford in Friday’s afternoon fixture and the Kiwi was deemed guilty of dangerous contact.

The minutes of the Match Review Panel reveal that the dangerous contact was in fact a late hit on the passer with the minutes stating.

“Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has
been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head,
neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to
that player.”

Leigh play Wakefield next on Sunday which Seumanufagai is currently set to miss but if successful he’ll be able to feature.

He was one of three Leigh players charged although both Robbie Mulhern (Grade A) and Zak Hardaker (Grade B) were fined instead of being banned.

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