Brawling trio banned
Three players sent off in the Wigan Warriors-St Helens derby were today handed bans totalling six matches.
St Helens forward Shaun Magennis was handed the stiffest penalty, a three-game ban and £300 fine, for his part in the brawl that marred the final match of the Magic Weekend programme in Manchester last Sunday.
Wigan forward Gareth Hock received a two-match suspension and a £300 fine while team-mate Chris Tuson was given a one-match ban and £300 fine. They will both miss the Warriors’ clash with reigning champions Leeds Rhinos on Friday.
Hock will also miss the Warriors’ trip to Montpellier the following week to play third-placed Catalan Dragons but will be free to make his England comeback, if selected, against the Exiles at Langtree Park on Saturday, June 16.
All three players, who were shown red cards by referee Ben Thaler after a second-half scrum erupted in a flare-up, appeared in front of a Rugby Football League disciplinary panel in Leeds this evening.
A third Wigan forward, Lee Mossop, accepted a one-match ban after being cited by the RFL’s match-review panel for his part in the fighting.
It means that, with Paul Prescott and Harrison Hansen injured, Wigan will be without five first-choice forwards for the trip to Headingley and are poised to give a debut to Welshman Rhodri Lloyd.