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Super League Disciplinary: Two stars banned for biggest derby in Rugby League

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Round 17 of Super League sees the two biggest derbies in the competition take place with Wigan Warriors hosting St Helens on Friday before Hull FC take on Hull KR on Saturday, however, one of those games will see each side without one of their star spine players.

That game is Friday’s clash between Wigan Warriors and St Helens with each side having picked up a suspension from the Round 16 games, Wigan’s victory over Leigh and Saints’ loss to Castleford in shock circumstances.

Despite uproar from some fans regarding a Mikey Lewis tackle that saw a Catalans forward land awkwardly, the Hull KR playmaker has not been banned meaning the Robins will be at full strength for their clash against Hull FC.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for both Wigan and Saints with the game set to miss some star power after bans were handed down to hooker Brad O’Neill and half-back / hooker Moses Mbye. Both men have been handed a one-match ban by the RFL’s Match Review Panel following incidents on Friday night.

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Super League Disciplinary: Why Wigan and Saints stars copped bans

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Brad O’Neill was sin-binned on Friday night so it is perhaps less of a surprise for him and Wigan Warriors that he’s been banned for the game this coming Friday, however, the Moses Mbye tackle seemed to go without incident.

He’s been charged with dangerous contact and was handed a Grade B charge, whereas England hooker O’Neill also copped a Grade B charge but for a ‘Dangerous Throw/Lift’ in the ‘Battle of the Borough’.

There is more detail in the RFL’s Minutes released with the disciplinary news from Round 16 of Super League and that explains that Moses Mbye was actually charged with making ‘Late contact on the passer’.

Both men will now miss the clash on Friday night meaning that arguably the biggest derby in Super League will have two of its best players missing.

The duo were not the only players to be banned with Warrington Wolves’ James Harrison also handed a one-game ban meaning that he will miss the Wire’s game against Leeds Rhinos. That game marks the return of Thursday night Super League.

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