Blow for Leeds Rhinos as Richie Myler cops RFL ban - Castleford Tigers' Tyla Hepi also suspended

Leeds Rhinos suffered a fresh setback today (Monday) when Richie Myler was ruled out of their next two games.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 8:02 pm

The RFL’s match review panel handed him a two-match penalty notice for grade C ‘questioning the integrity of a match official’ during last Friday’s defeat at Hull KR.

Myler was sin-binned for dissent by referee Marcus Griffiths after his pass, which would have created a try for Brad Dwyer, was ruled forward.

The punishment will keep him out of Sunday’s visit to Huddersfield Giants and the home game against Wakefield Trinity 12 days later.

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Richie Myler has been handed a two-game ban. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Forward Zane Tetevano who has already served two matches, will also miss those fixtures as he completes a four-game ban.

Last week’s game was Myler’s return after three matches out with a hamstring injury and the suspension will again leave Leeds desperately short of players able to fill the half-back roles.

Second-row forward Rhyse Martin had stood in as stand-off for the previous two matches and could be pressed into action there again this weekend.

Rob Lui (quad muscle) remains on the long-term casualty list and Luke Gale is not due back until the home derby against Wakefield Trinity on May 14.

Castleford Tigers' Tyla Hepi. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

Liam Sutcliffe (knee) and Callum McLelland (groin) are understood to be close to making their comeback from injury, but it is not yet known if either will be available this weekend.

The review panel also issued a two-match penalty notice to Castleford Tigers’ Tyla Hepi for grade C dangerous contact against Wigan Warriors.

He will miss Friday’s Betfred Super League game at Salford Red Devils and the Challenge Cup quarter-final against the same opponents at Emerald Headingley eight days later.

Bureta Faraimo, of Hull, was handed a similar punishment for a grade C high tackle against Wakefield.

Faraimo was sin-binned following the challenge on Trinity full-back Max Jowitt.

The review panel’s assessment of Faraimo was “tried to tackle, but reckless about outcome”

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