Ward available for weekend but key Salford duo hit with bans

AVAILABLE: Leeds Rhinos ace Stevie Ward.
AVAILABLE: Leeds Rhinos ace Stevie Ward.
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LEEDS RHINOS ace Stevie Ward will be available to play against Salford Red Devils on Sunday after submitting an early guilty plea to an offence in the clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Ward was been charged with making Grade A dangerous contact on Joe Arundel in Easter Monday’s derby.

Wakefield’s Nick Scruton has also submitted an early guilty plea and will serve a one-match ban after being charged with making a Grade B high tackle on opponenent Andrew Yates in same game.

He will miss Saturday’s game at Warrington Wolves.

Salford’s former Castleford Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase will miss Sunday’s game as he begins a massive seven-game ban.

The RFL disciplinary committee found him guilty of a Grade E dangerous throw on Huddersfield Giants’ Brett Ferres.

Salford forward Weller Hauraki – an ex-Leeds and Castleford player – was banned for two games after admitting Grade B striking in Monday’s win over Wigan Warriors.

He was also suspended for two matches after being found guilty of Grade B reckless striking, downgraded from Grade C, in last Friday’s victory at Huddersfield.

A third Salford player, Josh Griffin, was fined £300 after pleading guilty to contrary behaviour against Wigan, but avoided a ban and is eligible for Sunday’s game.