Leeds Rhinos suffer new blow: Rhyse Martin ruled out of Huddersfield Giants clash

Injury-hit Leeds Rhinos will be without goal-kicking forward Rhyse Martin for Thursday's visit of Huddersfield Giants.

By Peter Smith
Monday, 16th August 2021, 5:48 pm

Martin will miss the fixture after being issued with a one-game penalty notice by the RFL’s match review panel.

He was charged grade B dangerous contact on Leigh Centurions’ Craig Mullen in the third minute of Rhinos’ 46-10 win last Friday.

The review panel’s notes stated: “A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes excessive 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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Rhyse Martin lands a kick agianst Leigh. Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.

Alex Mellor is sidelined by a knee injury, so Rhinos will be without both their first-choice second-rowers.

Rhinos were today awaiting the result of scans on the knee injury Luke Gale suffered against Leigh and Konrad Hurrell remains in a protective boot following the same game.

Liam Sutcliffe is also ruled out, with a long-term knee problem, so Rhinos will need to find a stand-in goal kicker for Thursday’s match.

Martin could appeal, but would risk the punishment being increased if a challenge was deemed ‘frivolous’ by a disciplinary panel.

Luke Gale. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

There were no other charges from last week’s game.

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