Rhinos hopeful Ablett will be cleared

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Leeds have had one player cleared for action in their Challenge Cup semi-final but could lose another tonight.

Ryan Bailey and Carl Ablett were both placed on report during Friday's tempestuous loss to Wigan, but Bailey has escaped with a caution for raising his knee in the tackle.

Ablett faces a charge of reckless use of the forearm at the League's disciplinary hearing, but his coach, Brian McClennan is confident he too will be available. "We think we've got a good case," he said.

That case is strengthened by the acting Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, saying he did not see much untoward about the foul.

"I thought that was good and hopefully the judiciary will take that on board," McClennan said. With Ali Lauitiiti and Greg Eastwood already ruled out, the loss of another forward would be a major blow to the Rhinos' hopes.

Saints coach, Mick Potter, has formally ruled Kyle Eastmond out of contention, although Matt Gidley's likely return could cost Saturday's match-winner at Warrington, Jamie Foster, his place.

The Catalan Dragons have been given a boost for their semi against Warrington on Sunday by Jamal Fakir's about-turn over his plans to switch codes with Castres.

The Dragons' coach, Kevin Walters, is expected back in France on Thursday, after compassionate leave in Australia following the death of his father.