Leeds Rhinos player suspended following derby: Castleford Tigers man also charged

A Leeds Rhinos player has been suspended following an incident in last week’s derby defeat at Castleford Tigers.
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Second-rower James Bentley will miss Saturday’s visit of Catalans Dragons.

He received a one-game penalty notice after being charged by the RFL’s match review panel with grade B dangerous contact for a late hit on Jacob Miller after he passed the ball in the 30th minute of Leeds’ 14-8 loss.

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Bentley, who is two games into his comeback from a pre-season knee injury, was not shown a card during the game and is the first Rhinos player to be suspended this season.

Rhinos were beaten 14-8 at the Jungle last Thursday. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.Rhinos were beaten 14-8 at the Jungle last Thursday. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Rhinos were beaten 14-8 at the Jungle last Thursday. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

He received the maximum punishment for a grade B offence, because of his previous record.

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It is his fourth ban since joining Leeds ahead of the 2022 season and his second in as many visits to the Jungle.

Bentley received a four-match ban – including one for a ‘frivolous’ appeal – after being sent-off for a high tackle during his debut, against Warrington Wolves, in round one last year.

James Bentley, right, with Rhinos teammate Blake Austin at the end of last week's 14-8 defeat by Castleford. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.James Bentley, right, with Rhinos teammate Blake Austin at the end of last week's 14-8 defeat by Castleford. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
James Bentley, right, with Rhinos teammate Blake Austin at the end of last week's 14-8 defeat by Castleford. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
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He was handed a two-match penalty notice for a high tackle in Rhinos’ defeat at Castleford last Easter and suspended for three games, also for a high tackle, following a home win over Wakefield Trinity in May.

Rhinos have yet to receive a red or yellow card in competitive matches this year.

Tigers’ Joe Westerman was also charged with grade B dangerous contact in the same match, but - because of his previous record - avoided a ban, though he was fined £250.

Other charges from Betfred Super League round five were:

Morgan Knowles (St Helens, grade B dangerous contact) - one-match penalty notice; George Williams (Warrington Wolves, grade B tripping) - £250 fine; Shane Wright (Salford Red Devils, grade B dangerous contact) - £250 fine; Davey Litten (Hull FC, grade B other contrary behaviour - use of legs in the tackle) - £250 fine; Arthur Romano (Catalans Dragons, grade A striking) - no further action.