Leeds Rhinos set to appeal Rhyse Martin ban

Picture by Matt West/SWpix.com - 07/08/2022 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 22 - Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils - Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England - Rhyse Martin of Leeds Rhinos lines up a try conversion

Leeds Rhinos will appeal the ban given to Rhyse Martin in Saturday’s last-minute victory over Castleford Tigers.

Martin caught former Rhino Alex Mellor on the face, causing the now Castleford man to have a nosebleed.

The RFL’s Match Review Panel awarded Martin a Grade A ban that will see him miss the Rhinos’ playoff eliminator away at Catalans Dragons, much to the dismay of the Leeds faithful.

However, should the Rhinos’ appeal be successful, the Papua New Guinean will be free to face the dragons, the team he has scored 18 points against this year.

Leeds have had mixed results when appealing disciplinary charges this season.

They have questioned four bans, with two being upgraded due to a ‘frivolous’ appeal, one being upheld and one being successful and downgraded.

Rhinos fans will have to wait until this evening to find out the outcome of the appeal.

Castleford Tigers received two bans from the same game – young prop Sam Hall and the experienced Suaia Matagi both copped a two match suspension.

However, with the Tigers’ loss it means that their season has come to an end. The forward duo will serve the suspension during pre-season of 2023.

The Tigers have chosen not to appeal either suspension.

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