Smithies handed six-match ban

Wigan forward Morgan Smithies has been handed a six-match ban for two separate incidents that occurred during the Warriors’ game against Castleford at the weekend.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to a Grade D change of Dangerous Contact relating to a crusher tackle on James Clare for which he was given a four-game suspension, having already been issued a two-match penalty notice for a headbutting incident.

The RFL’s disciplinary tribunal also fined Smithies £500 for the offences.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield prop Suaia Matagi accepted his two-match penalty notice for Dangerous contact on Hull forward Joe Cator served by the Match Review Panel on Monday.

While Cator himself also accepted a one-match penalty notice for dangerous contact on the Giants’ Sam Hewitt.