Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has challenged prop Mark Mexico to use his suspension as fuel for the rest of the season.
The Eagles are aggrieved that Mexico has been hit with a four-game ban, after sustaining a Grade D charge for an incident in the club’s preseason game with Wakefield.
The PNG star missed Sheffield’s fine win over Toulouse at the weekend, and is set to sit out forthcoming games against Halifax, Batley and Hull KR.
“We are disappointed with the decision, and Mark is too,” said Aston, according to the Eagles’ official website.
“He has to come back strong. He has missed a chunk of pre-season and needs to start to focus in on coming back and helping the lads achieve what we want to. He is going to have a pretty tough month, but there are others ready to come in.
“It was an ugly tackle but there was no malice or intent.
“They could have been a bit more lenient. We are disappointed but it was expected.”