Rugby League: Tuuta out for six matches
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.
Friday 19 March 1993
The New Zealand international will not be able to play again until the semi-finals of the divisional play-offs, should Featherstone progress. Oldham's Se'e Solomona has been banned for four matches for his part in the brawl, over which both clubs still face charges.
St Helens go into tonight's match at Halifax with renewed hope of catching Wigan at the top of the First Division after Wigan's defeat at Bradford.
If Saints win their five remaining games, including beating Wigan, the two sides could finish level on points.
The Wigan second-row, Billy McGinty, has had a scan on the knee he injured at Bradford and is likely to miss next week's Challenge Cup semi-final.
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