Leeds Rhinos news: watch the tackle which earned Cameron Smith a one-game ban as club launch appeal

Leeds Rhinos are challenging the ban which is set to keep captain Cameron Smith out of Friday’s home clash with Warrington Wolves.
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Smith will appear at a disciplinary hearing this evening (Tuesday). The RFL’s match review panel handed him a one-game penalty notice after he was charged with grade B dangerous contact in last Thursday’s 26-6 win at Castleford Tigers.

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The panel’s notes state: “A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head, neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to that player.”

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The incident, involving Tigers’ Danny Richardson, happened 15 minutes into the second half and was not penalised by referee Aaron Moore. Grade B offences can be punished with a fine, but Smith was suspended because his record includes two charges of late contact last season.

Rhinos have accepted a one-match penalty notice issued to prop Justin Sangare. He was charged with grade C head contact in last week’s derby.

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