Four Championship players banned after Round Eight

Drew Darbyshire
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The Rugby Football League’s match review panel have handed suspensions to four players following Round Eight of the Championship over the Easter weekend.

Newcastle are set to be without forward pair Mitch Clark and Alex Foster for one match after they received Grade C charges from their 44-20 defeat to Sheffield Eagles on Good Friday.

The duo will be available for Sunday’s Championship clash with Whitehaven, but won’t be able to play against Halifax the following round.

Meanwhile, Batley forward Dane Manning has been given a two-match ban and a £125 fine for a Grade D dangerous contact in their 26-18 defeat to Featherstone on Good Friday.

The 33-year-old will be able to play against Bradford this weekend, but will then sit out the following two matches against Widnes and Toulouse.

Elsewhere, Barrow hooker Josh Wood picked up a one-match suspension for Grade C dangerous contact in their 16-14 defeat to Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven last time out.

Wood will be able to play against Widnes this weekend, but will miss their clash with Bradford on May 7.

In the Women’s Super League, York’s Jas Bell has been banned for one match for a Grade C dangerous contact in their win over Leeds in the season opener.

The latest sanctions from the match review panel:

  • Dane Manning (Batley Bulldogs) – Grade D Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice & a £125 fine
  • Alex Foster (Newcastle Thunder) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Mitch Clark (Newcastle Thunder) – Grade C Strikes with Forearm/Elbow – Ball Carrier – Reckless – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Josh Wood (Barrow Raiders) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Jasmine Bell (York Valkyrie) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Olly Odds (Swinton Lions) – Grade B Foul Language to the Match Official – £125 fine
  • Max Donbavand (Huddersfield Giants Academy) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £25 fine

The following players were handed cautions:

  • Adam Tangata (Halifax Panthers) – Dangerous Contact
  • Rhiannion Marshall (York Valkyrie) – Other Contrary Behaviour

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