Following the latest round of Super League fixtures, three Leeds Rhinos players have been cited by the RFL’s Match Review Panel.
Prop forward Zane Tetevano has been referred to a tribunal and faces a potential five-match ban after being charged with a ‘Grade D Strikes with Hand, Arm or Shoulder’. Tetevano was sent off for for a high tackle on Konrad Hurrell during the Rhinos defeat at St Helens on Thursday night and now faces a sustained spell on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, teammate Harry Newman will also sit out the next two matches after he was hit with a ‘Grade C Aggressive Behaviour towards Match Official’. Newman took objection to referee Tom Grant’s decision to send one of St Helens’ tries up to the video referee as a ‘try’ – a decision that later proved to be correct.
Finally, Bodene Thompson will also sit out the next two games after being hit with a ‘Grade B Trips’ charge. Out of the three bans handed out to Rohan Smith’s players, this one seems the harshest given Thompson was off balance when the incident happened.
Confirmation of the charges:
Zane Tetevano – Grade D Strikes with Hand, Arm or Shoulder – Referred to Tribunal
Harry Newman – Grade C Aggressive Behaviour towards Match Official – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Bodene Thompson – Grade B Trips – 2 Match Penalty Notice
It remains to be seen whether the club choose to appeal any of the bans handed out, but it is another blow to new head coach Smith who has had to contend with a number of injuries and suspensions since his arrival.
The ill-discipline in the current Leeds squad is a massive worry for Smith who knows if the Rhinos have any chance of making the end-of-season playoffs, they will have to fix this up to ensure their best players are available week in week out.