Leigh Leopards players win appeals as Leeds Rhinos fail in Sam Lisone appeal

Aaron Bower
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Leigh Leopards have won three appeals on the same night at a disciplinary tribunal – but Leeds Rhinos have failed in their bid to have Sam Lisone’s three-match ban reduced.

The Leopards went to tribunal to contest suspensions and bans handed to Jack Hughes, Tom Amone and Ricky Leutele. Amone will now serve a one-match ban instead of two after Leigh successfully downgraded the charge, while Leutele’s one-match ban for a head contact has successfully been challenged, meaning he is free to face St Helens on Friday.

Jack Hughes was charged with dangerous contact and fined £250 but Leigh successfully appealed that, meaning his punishment of a £250 fine no longer applies.

Leeds, however, did not have the same luck with Lisone. He was unsuccessful in his challenge against a Grade D head contact following their defeat to Hull KR – and he must serve a three-match originally imposed on him.

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Lisone was sin-binned for a tackle on Rovers captain Elliot Minchella, and despite the Rhinos arguing Lisone’s three-match ban was too harsh, he must now serve it in full.

Meanwhile, Liam Sutcliffe must also serve his original ban after Hull FC failed in an appeal to clear the centre’s two-match ban. Sutcliffe was charged with making contact with match official Marcus Griffiths during the Black and Whites’ defeat to Warrington Wolves, but that appeal was unsuccessful. He will now miss their next two games.

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