The interesting statistic surrounding Leeds Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano’s disciplinary record

Leeds Rhinos’ Zane Tetevano faces yet another ban after being charged with a Grade D Strike on St Helens’ Konrad Hurrell during Leeds’ heavy defeat last Thursday night.

The former Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters forward could be given a five-match suspension if he is found guilty by an Operation Rules Tribunal tomorrow night following a dangerous hit on Hurrell as the Saints centre chipped through the line.

Tetevano has had a long line of disciplinary issues whilst at the West Yorkshire club, not least in his first Challenge Cup in a Leeds shirt last year when he was sent off for a late tackle.

The ex-New Zealand international has since been banned numerous times, however, there is an interesting statistic surrounding his past disciplinary record.

Before he made the move to Super League, Tetevano had never been sent off in his career – a career that included over 100 NRL games, so what has changed since the hulking forward made the move to West Yorkshire ahead of the 2021 season.

Tetevano isn’t the only Leeds player to have fallen foul of the Disciplinary Match Review Panel with Harry Newman set to sit out the next two games.

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.

“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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