Lauaki to face RFL hearing
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
The Wigan forward Epalahame Lauaki, will today face a Rugby Football League disciplinary hearing, charged with making a dangerous tackle during a defeat by Warrington last Friday. The former Hull player was placed on report twice by the referee Richard Silverwood, once for leading with the forearm and once for a spear tackle on Matty Blythe.
Lauaki has escaped punishment on the first offence, but the penalties that Warrington were awarded were instrumental in their 22-20 comeback victory. While not disputing either of those decisions, the Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, will contact Stuart Cummings, the referees chief, over some concerns arising from the match. In particular, Wigan claim that the match video shows that Brett Hodgson's winning kick was taken several metres forward from where the offence took place. The shot at goal barely scraped over the bar.
"There were some decisions I will be contacting Stuart Cummings about, for clarification," Wane said.
Warrington's Ben Westwood will also face a charge of striking with the forearm today.
Huddersfield have suffered extra setbacks after the 40-22 defeat at Hull KR that cost them their place on top of the Super League. Their captain and loose forward, Kevin Brown, has a recurrence of the ankle injury that ruled him out at the start of the season and David Fa'alogo has a compound fracture of a finger. Fa'alogo was playing only his second match after major back surgery at the end of last season.
The versatile St Helens back Nathan Ashe is set for a loan spell with the Championship's bottom club, Swinton.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer talk: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move imminent; Manchester United eye Nathaniel Clyne; Andre Schurrle medical at Wolfsburg
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Kim Sears: Andy Murray defends fiancée's for outburst after a bad-tempered march to final
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures