Reckless Rhinos forwards suffer for their sins

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Leeds Rhinos, without a win in Super League, could lose the services of a second international forward if Barrie McDermott is suspended by a hearing today.

McDermott has been ordered to appear in front of the disciplinary committee over a suspected high tackle on the Halifax scrum-half, Andrew Dunemann, during Leeds' defeat there on Friday night.

The Rhinos already have Adrian Morley serving a ban and a long suspension for McDermott, who has a chequered disciplinary record, could even threaten his participation in the Silk Cut Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield at the end of this month.

There was better news for Leeds when Francis Cummins was told that he had no case to answer over an incident involving him and the Halifax stand-off, Martin Pearson.

Leeds' Cup final opponents, Bradford, have been relieved to hear that their 18-year-old utility back Leon Pryce is not in danger of missing the big day.

Pryce, last season's Super League Young Player of the Year, dislocated his shoulder during the victory at Huddersfield on Sunday. He was taken to hospital, but the muscle and tendon damage is not serious and Pryce could even be in contention for the match against Castleford this Sunday.

There has been good news as well for Wigan's Great Britain hooker, Terry Newton. He was X-rayed for a suspected broken arm after his side's win over Salford on Sunday, but has been told that there is no fracture.

Meanwhile, Super League has confirmed that it has received a complaint from Wigan over an alleged approach from Wakefield Trinity to their Test winger, Jason Robinson.

Robinson is out of contract at the end of this season and Trinity said last week that they will try to keep him in the game, rather than see Wigan lose him to rugby union. But the Wigan chairman, Maurice Lindsay, says that Wakefield are in breach of Super League's code of conduct, which prohibits approaches to players until 1 July in the season they come out of contract.

"I can't do anything about approaches to Jason from rugby union, because they are not bound by our rules, but I am stunned by Wakefield's actions," Lindsay said.

Trinity could face a £5,000 fine if the accusation is proved, but there is a loophole in a rule that forbids an offer to a player, but not an approach to his agent.

Robinson's agent, David McKnight, expects him to decide his future by the end of this month, with Newcastle - via Robinson's former Wigan team-mate, Va'aiga Tuigamala - the latest union club to show interest.

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