Leeds forward James Bentley sees ban increased

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Leeds forward James Bentley has seen his three-match ban increase to four games following a disciplinary tribunal.

Bentley was sent off during the Rhinos’ 22-20 defeat at home to Warrington on Saturday, following a high tackle on Gareth Widdop.

Bentley was one of three players to see a card that night. Teammate Brad Dwyer and Warrington’s Oliver Holmes were both given yellow cards as well in separate incidents.

His initial ban from the Match Review Panel was three matches following the incident.

Bentley and Leeds appeared before the tribunal on Tuesday evening to appeal the grading of the incident. He was charged at Grade C.

However, the tribunal rejected the challenge and deemed it frivolous. As a result, he has had an extra game added on top of the initial three games.

The former St Helens forward will now miss the Rhinos’ games against Wigan, Catalans, Wakefield and Hull FC. Bentley was also given a £500 fine.

Catalans pair join Bentley in being banned by tribunal

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.

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