Westwood's tackle may result in ban

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Wakefield could be without Ben Westwood, the scorer of their crucial try in their Challenge Cup victory over Widnes, for their quarter-final at Leeds.

Westwood has been ordered to appear before the disciplinary committee today on a charge of committing a head high tackle on Widnes' Paul Aitcheson early in the match. Westwood was placed on report by the referee, Steve Ganson, but allowed to stay on the field to score one of Trinity's two tries in a 12-4 win. He has now been told there is a case to answer and a suspension of more than one game will put him out of the next round.

The London Broncos have put in an official complaint over a decision by another referee, Stuart Cummins, they believe could have cost them their chance of beating Castleford in their tie on Sunday. Cummins awarded a differential penalty against Castleford at a scrum, meaning the Broncos were not allowed to kick at goal for a possible 8-0 lead. When the kick was moved 10 metres forward for dissent, Cummins would still not let London kick for goal. "We think that was just wrong and we have complained to the league about it,'' the Broncos' coach, Tony Rea, said.

The Broncos say they have saved £40,000 thanks to the efforts of volunteers who have rallied around to help them through their transition to new ownership and the new ground at Brentford. "They have been a tremendous help to us,'' the club's chief executive, Nic Cartwright, said.

Leeds have apologised to their supporters and those of Hull KR for the 25-minute delay to the kick off in their tie on Friday night. "The main problem was that more than 3,000 fans turned up in the five minutes before the scheduled 8pm kick off,'' David Howes, the club's managing director, said. Matters were made worse by several turnstiles being closed because of rebuilding part of the adjoining cricket ground.

The Leeds scrum-half, Rob Burrow, Super League young player of the year last season, has signed a new contract to keep him at Headingley until 2006. Lee Briers believes he will be fit to play for Warrington in their Super League opener against Halifax on Sunday despite injuring his knee in the cup defeat by St Helens. Salford's Warren Jowitt needs a groin operation and will miss the first month of the season.

Leigh are hoping for a 12,000 capacity crowd for their quarter-final against Wigan. The league is still having discussions with the BBC over which two ties should be televised, with the Halifax v St Helens and Leeds v Wakefield games the likely candidates. The league is looking into reports of crowd trouble in Leigh's victory over Whitehaven on Sunday.

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