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St Helens make decision on Moses Mbye appeal ahead of derby

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When the Match Review Panel released their findings earlier today they confirmed that three players had been banned and St Helens are the first club to make their decision on whether to appeal or not.

Among eight charges, three players were banned with all three men handed a Grade B charge and a corresponding one-match ban. Those three are Warrington Wolves’ James Harrison, Wigan Warriors’ Brad O’Neill and St Helens’ Moses Mbye.

Interestingly, O’Neill and Mbye face off this Friday as Wigan Warriors host St Helens in the derby. Saints are one of just two teams to beat Wigan so far this season but as it stands, they’ll have to do so without their first or second-choice hooker.

With Moses Mbye banned and Daryl Clark having missed the clash with Castleford Tigers on Friday night due to a muscle tear, it’s assumed that St Helens will have to rely on 24-year-old Jake Burns who only made his debut on Friday against the Tigers.

Should Paul Wellens be forced to turn to Burns then he’ll have to hand him his full debut with the hooker coming off the bench on Friday night. However, the club have now made a decision on Moses Mbye’s ban with Paul Wellens confirming to BBC Merseyside that St Helens will appeal.

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St Helens to appeal Moses Mbye ban

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BBC Merseyside announced on social media that St Helens boss Paul Wellens had confirmed the club’s intent to appeal the ban handed to Moses Mbye. The broadcaster shared the news on X.

They posted: “St Helens head coach Paul Wellens says the club will be contesting Moses Mbye’s one-match penalty notice at a tribunal tomorrow.”

Mbye had been slapped with the one-match ban for a Grade B ‘Dangerous Contract’ charge for a late hit on the passer but the club will now defend their player as an RFL Tribunal tomorrow night.

If they’re unsuccessful then it could create a strange scenario on Friday night with the first and second-choice hookers for each team missing meaning, with Wigan even missing third-choice Tom Forber.

It could see Saints line up with Jake Burns or a makeshift nine such as James Bell, whereas Wigan Warriors will likely have to rely on either another academy talent or the versatile Adam Keighran who has played the position in the NRL, albeit only on a handful of occasions.

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