Warrington forward Oliver Holmes banned after failed appeal

Steven Hughes
Oliver Holmes Warrington, Huddersfield, RL Today

Warrington forward Oliver Holmes has been banned for two matches by a disciplinary panel after a failed appeal.

Holmes was sent to the sin bin on his debut for the club. Warrington won the match 22-20 against Leeds at Headingley in a match that saw three cards dished out by referee Chris Kendall.

James Bentley was sent off for a high tackle on Gareth Widdop. His teammate Brad Dwyer was also sent to the sin bin for a late tackle, also on Widdop.

Holmes was initially given a one-match ban by the Match Review Panel following the match Holmes and the club decided to appeal.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of a careless high tackle, but was found guilty of a reckless high tackle by the tribunal. The one match ban for that stands, with another added on for a frivolous challenge. Holmes was also given a £500 fine.

As a result, Holmes will miss Warrington’s match against his former club Castleford, as well as their trip to Toulouse at the end of the month.

Oliver Holmes joins James Bentley in having appeal turned down

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 Widdop.

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.

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