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Two Super League sides appeal player bans

On Monday the Match Review Panel handed out a huge 11 charges with seven of those resulting in bans.

The bans ranged from one to two matches with Wigan’s Willie Isa being the man to cop the two match ban for his hit on Wakefield’s Harry Bowes.

It’s now been announced by the RFL that two of the other banned players will head to the Operational Rules Tribunal to appeal against their bans.

The RFL have revealed that Leigh’s Nathan Wilde and Catalans’ Siosiua Taukeiaho will both challenge their one match bans.

A statement on the RFL site confirmed the news.

“Leigh Leopards have appealed the one-match suspension imposed on Nathan Wilde for Grade B dangerous contact in last Friday’s Betfred Super League victory over Leeds Rhinos. The appeal will be heard by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal this evening.

“Catalans Dragons have also appealed a decision of Monday’s Match Review Panel that their prop Siosiua Taukeiaho was guilty of a Grade B high tackle in Sunday’s Betfred Super League game at Salford. Their appeal will be heard by an Operational Rules Tribunal next Tuesday. The Dragons have already established that if found guilty, the player will not be subject to a one-match suspension, as previously stated – following further research into his previous record.”

Interestingly Wilde’s appeal will be heard tonight whereas Taukeiaho’s will be next Tuesday.

The RFL have also stated that even if unsuccessful the Catalans’ man will not be hit with a one-match ban given his previous record.

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