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Why Leeds Rhinos stars avoided suspensions for high tackles

For the first time in three weeks, Leeds Rhinos have avoided a suspension after their fixture.

The Rhinos lost Sam Lisone and James Donaldson to bans after their defeat to Hull KR and James Bentley last week after their game against Catalans Dragons.

But this time, the Leeds Rhinos avoided a ban even though others felt that the Rhinos should have suffered a suspension from their game against Leigh Leopards.

Stars avoid suspensions

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 09/01/2024 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League 2024 Promo Shoot – The Stage Studio, Leeds University, Leeds – Leeds Rhinos, Andy Ackers

In fact, the Leigh Leopards themselves highlighted these challenges from the Leeds Rhinos in their match report. They said: “Brode Croft escaped with a telling off for his challenge after O’Brien fell heavily following his collection of a high kick, then Andy Ackers was also admonished but not sin-binned after another Rhinos high tackle, with O’Connor again conceding a penalty for a high challenge.”

But all the above avoided suspensions because they weren’t cited by the RFL. This means they will all be available for Friday’s huge game.

Leeds Rhinos dodge massive blow

Leeds Rhinos have been able to dodge a massive blow ahead of their major clash with St Helens on Friday night.

The game will see Leeds Rhinos host their old Super League rivals at the newly renamed AMT Headingley Stadium on Friday night and it is set to be a big occasion between two teams with a history and joint top of the league with three wins in their first four games.

But it looked like Leeds could suffer a massive blow ahead of the game and a fixture they’ve not won since 2017 and the demolition of the old South Stand. Thus, the newly revamped Headingley hasn’t seen a win over St Helens.

It looked unlikely when Andy Ackers limped off against Leigh Leopards and could have faced a ban for a high tackle alongside fellow hooker Jarrod O’Connor.

Losing both of these players would have seen the Leeds Rhinos without a nine and likely to bring back back Corey Johnson from Bradford Bulls.

But with both avoiding bans, now they just have to hope Ackers recovers from injury.

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