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Why Mikey Lewis dodged ban following bizarre incident allowing him to play in huge game

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As always seems to be the case the match review panel’s day has been busy with nine players charged including star players from Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers.

Blake Austin, Sam Kasiano, Liam Watts, Amir Bourouh, and Romain Navarrete have all been hit with suspensions this week.

This means Austin will miss Leeds’ clash with Salford Red Devils, Kasiano will miss Warrington’s big clash with St Helens on Sky Sports and Bourouh will miss that clash with Leeds Rhinos.

However, ahead of the biggest game of the weekend there will be no absentees due to suspensions.

This is of course the Hull derby between Hull KR and Hull FC on Sunday.

However, some might argue one star player is very lucky after last week.

Just inside the fourth minute of Hull KR’s clash with Leigh Leopards we saw a yellow card for one of the most exciting stars on the pitch in Mikey Lewis.

As Lewis chased Jez Litten’s early kick he seemed to slip and then accidentally produce what looked like a slide tackle on former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC star Tom Briscoe as he picked up the ball that had gone dead.

Lewis was sin binned for “delaying the restart” according to referee Marcus Griffiths.

He will be glad he wasn’t playing in the Premier League with VAR looking at it.

Instead Chris Kendall the video referee assisted Marcus Griffiths in determining that there was no malicious intent but it was late and did delay the Leopards.

Lewis’ halfback partner Jordan Abdull was Sky Sports’ guest pundit for the game and didn’t hold back in his criticism of his teammate.

“Yeah it looks like he’s got no business being there and sliding in. He is 10, 15 metres away when Tom Briscoe picks it up,” Abdull said on Sky Sports.

“It looks like he is just trying to be clever there and make it look like he has slipped so credit to the referee and touch judge for getting that right.

“But those are the small things Mikey needs to get right and improve to get to the next level.”

Speaking after the game Abdull added: “Look I laid into him a bit at halftime but that try shows what he can do.

“For me he just needs to get those amateur bits out of his game, the little things.

“There’s a reason he’s in the England setup.

“Every now and again he needs a performance like this to keep his feet on the ground.”

It was one of those incidents that you can’t prove either way if he slipped or not but had he made substantial contact with Briscoe he could have been banned for a long period.

Instead, Lewis was given a caution for other contrary behaviour.

This means he can play in the derby. A huge boost for the Robins with Abdull out. It means Lewis can partner Rowan Milnes against their biggest rivals.

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