Championship: Rovers’ former Super League star Wood sweats on potential ban

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featherstone rovers’ former Super League forward Paul Wood could be banned for up to 10 matches after last Sunday’s stormy Summer Bash showdown with Leigh Centurions.

Wood – signed in pre-season from Warrington Wolves – was sent off after 26 minutes following an incident involving Leigh hooker Bob Beswick. The RFL’s match review panel have charged Wood with a Grade E gouging offence on Beswick and with Grade B butting the same player.

Grade E offences carry a ban of from four to eight matches, with a one to two-game suspension for a Grade B incident.

Rovers second-rower Reni Maitua has been charged with a Grade B careless high tackle on Jacob Emmitt in the 33rd minute of the same game.

He is eligible to submit an early guilty plea, which would mean a one-match ban.

Leigh’s Gareth Hock is accused of Grade A striking on Featherstone’s Jordan Baldwinson, which carries a maximum suspension of one game.

Both Wood and Maitua will be available for Sunday’s visit of Batley Bulldogs in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Wood and Hock will both appear before the RFL disciplinary committee on Tuesday. Maitua has until 11am on Tuesday to decide whether to submit an early guilty plea.

Meanwhile, Rovers coach Andy Hay is hopeful Alex Foster (hip/groin injury) and Remi Marginet (ankle) will be fit to return this weekend, but said Tim Spears (calf), Jack Bussey (hamstring) and Nathan Chappell (knee) are all likely to remain on the casualty list.

Bulldogs boss John Kear said he will check on “one or two doubts” before finalising his squad.

Centre Shaun Squires could return after recovering from a rib injury.

Batley Bulldogs' coach Matt Diskin. 
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

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