Tomkins ban extended following failed appeal

Joel Tomkins will definitely miss Hull KR’s crucial match against Salford on Friday after failing to have his one-match ban overturned.

Cited for Grade A punching during the Robins defeat to London, Tomkins has instead seen his ban extended to two matches on appeal at Red Hall in Leeds.

The Rovers skipper was also issued with a £500 fine and will see the suspension run into next season with only one match remaining of the 2019 campaign.

Super League explained the outcome: “Hull Kingston Rovers’ Joel Tomkins has been handed a two-game suspension, which includes one additional match for frivolous challenge of the grading of Grade A Punching.

“Tomkins has also been handed a £500 fine plus an additional £500 forfeited for the frivolous challenge to the grading.”