Leigh players face bans

Friday night’s Challenge Cup quarter final defeat to Leeds Rhinos could prove costly for Leigh Centurions.

As the Rhinos promptly dispatched the Betfred Championship team 52-22, they were greatly aided by the fact that the Centurions had Peter Mata’utia sent off less than ten minutes into proceedings. Following a red card for a dangerous throw, the 27-year-old Samoan international has been charged with a Grade E offence for the offence on Leeds’ Matt Parcell.

Mata’utia’s Leigh team mate Matty Dawson-Jones has also been referred and charged with an offence of the same grade for questioning the integrity of a match official in a foul-mouthed rant directed at referee Chris Kendall following Adam Cuthbertson’s 78th minute try.

Grade E offences carry a sanction between four and eight games. The Centurions, therefore, could be set to lose two of their first choice players for the foreseeable future if the pair are found guilty.

One comment

  1. If Parcell was injured in a dangerous tackle how come he was able to play on without even undergoing an HIA. Surely if he landed on his head both the referee and the Leeds club would have insisted on this, putting player welfare first and foremost.
    They chose not to which suggests it was just an opportunity to give Leeds an easy ride to the semi finals


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