Featherstone: Rovers duo facing potential bans

Reni Maitua
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS’ former Australia Test player Reni Maitua will appear before the RFL disciplinary committee today, after deciding against submitting an early guilty plea.

Maitua was charged by the match review panel with committing a Grade B careless high tackle on Leigh Centurions’ former Castleford Tigers forward Jacob Emmitt in the 33rd minute of the Summer Bash meeting between the sides in Blackpool. He was eligible to submit an early guilty plea, which would have meant a one-game ban, but that could be doubled if he is found guilty.

Coach Andy Hay said: “He is going to go up, there’s no real evidence he hit him high.”

Also appearing today is Rovers’ forward Paul Wood.

He faces a Grade E gouging charge and a count of Grade B butting, both on Leigh’s Bob Beswick.

The maximum punishment, should he be found guilty of both offences, is a combined 10-game ban.

Meanwhile, Hay said Rovers came through the 44-16 Kingstone Press Championship win over Batley Bulldogs two days ago with no new injuries, but he felt it was an inconsistent performance.

“We were 34-0 up at half-time,” he recalled. “I thought we played well in parts, but we didn’t really get out of second gear and in the second half we didn’t complete our sets and gave a lot of penalties away.”