Leeds Rhinos' Zane Tetevano banned for FOUR games - Test forward ruled out until late-May following red card against St Helens

Leeds Rhinos' New Zealand Test forward Zane Tetevano has been handed a ban which rules him out of their next four matches.

By Peter Smith
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 8:44 am
Referee Ben Thaler shows Zane Tetevano a red card. Picture by Mike Egerton/PA
Referee Ben Thaler shows Zane Tetevano a red card. Picture by Mike Egerton/PA

Tetevano was sent-off early in the second half of last Saturday’s 26-18 Betfred Challenge Cup defeat at St Helens following an alleged late hit on Theo Fages.

He was charged by the RFL’s match review panel with a grade D offence and the disciplinary committee on Tuesday issued a four-game ban, one short of the maximum penalty.

That rules him out of Thursday’s home game against Wigan Warriors, trips to Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants and a derby against Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley.

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The next game he is available to play in is at home to Hull on Sunday, May 23.

Tetevano pleaded guilty, but challenged the grading.

The panel upheld the D grade and also fined Tetevano - who has played only three games since joining Leeds from Penrith Panthers in the off-season - £500.

The decision is a setback for Rhinos who were without 12 senior players for the tie at Saints.

Wigan will be without Liam Byrne who accepted a one-match suspension for dangerous contact against York City Knights last Friday.

Wakefield Trinity’s Kelepi Tanginoa accepted a one-match suspension for a high tackle in Saturday’s Cup defeat by Catalans Dragons and will miss Friday’s game at St Helens.

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