LEEDS RHINOS and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have both suffered a blow ahead of this weekend’s matches.
Full-back Zak Hardaker will miss Leeds’ trip to Wigan Warriors tomorrow after admitting making a dangerous tackle on Travis Burns in last Friday’s win over St Helens.
Hardaker submitted an early guilty plea to the Grade B charge and was banned for one game, without having to appear before the RFL’s disciplinary committee.
And Wakefield will be without prop Mickael Simon after for Sunday’s home game against Warrington after he was handed a one-match ban for raising his knees in the tackle during last week’s win over Hull.
But Warrington will also be without a key player after prop Ashton Sims submitted an early guilty plea to a grade B charge of punching Wigan’s George Williams during his side’s 17-6 win last Thursday and was suspended for one game.
Hooker Daryl Clark admitted a grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident, but was not banned.
Hull’s Mickey Paea will miss Sunday’s visit of Castleford Tigers and the following weekend’s derby at Hull KR after being banned for two games for a dangerous throw on Danny Washbrook in last Wednesday’s defeat at Wakefield.
Meanwhile, Rhinos team boss Brian McDermott has been appointed coach of the United States’ international side. The new job will not affect his role at Leeds.
Catalans Dragons’ former New Zealand Test forward Louis Anderson will finish his career in Perpignan after signing a new two-year contract which will take him to the end of the 2017 season.
The 30-year-old second rower has made 68 appearances for the Dragons since joining them from Warrington in 2012.