Catalans pair banned following tribunal

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Dylan Napa Catalans Dragons red card Robert Hicks

Referee Liam Moore gives a red card to Dylan Napa of Catalans Dragons

Catalans forwards Gil Dudson and Dylan Napa have both been handed bans following a disciplinary tribunal.

Dudson’s case was heard first. He was sent to the sin bin after clashing with St Helens forward Joe Batchelor after taking the first carry of the game.

The Welsh international has been handed a three-match ban by the tribunal, and handed a £500 fine. He will miss the Dragons’ upcoming matches against  Wakefield, Leeds and Warrington.

Meanwhile, Napa was also referred to the tribunal following his red card in the same game. He was sent off by referee Liam Moore following his challenge on St Helens centre Mark Percival.

He was also fined £500, and was given a four-game ban. As well as missing the three games Dudson is set to miss, Napa will also miss their home match against Wigan.

Catalans lost the game 28-8 in what was a rematch of the 2021 Super League Grand Final. St Helens were victorious that day, claiming a 12-10 victory at Old Trafford.

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Catalans facing forward crisis?

Catalans will be without prop Julian Bousquet for a lengthy period after breaking his arm in their opening round defeat to St Helens.

The France international suffered a fracture to his arm in their defeat at champions Saints in the opening game of the new Super League season. He was taken off in the first half.

Scans have confirmed that he has a displaced fracture that will require surgery. He will see the surgical team on Tuesday in Montpellier.

Catalans will be without key front-row trio Bousquet, Dudson and Napa for the next couple of weeks.

Steve McNamara’s side will play their first home game on Saturday as they welcome Wakefield to the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

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