Six-match ban for Wigan forward Morgan Smithies

Josh McAllister

Morgan Smithies has received a total ban of six-matches following Wigan’s clash against Castleford.

The young forward had already received a two-match ban for headbutting, but the 19-year-old received a further four-match ban and fined £500 after pleading guilty to a charge of Grade D Dangerous Contact following a tackle on Jame Clare.

Clare, 29, left the field on a stretcher during the clash, but revealed on Twitter that he is recovering well.

“Home safe and sound,” he wrote on social media.

“X-rays all clear. Nothing that a cuddle with my little boy can’t fix. Thank you very much to everyone who helped me at the Halliwell Jones stadium and Warrington Hospital.

“Thanks to everyone that messaged me.”

Suaia Matagi of Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC’s Joe Cator chose to accept their respective two and one-match penalty notices served by the Match Review Panel on Monday.