Schofield awaits video re-run

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DAVE HADFIELD

The Leeds captain, Garry Schofield, will learn today whether he will face an inquiry over an alleged head-butt during the Regal Trophy second- round tie against Salford on Sunday.

The Rugby League's refereeing director, Greg McCallum, will study a video of the incident in the match at Headingley before deciding whether Schofield will face charges.

The Salford player-coach, Andy Gregory, who was incensed during and after the match over what he saw as an intentional attack on his hooker, Mark Lee, will talk to his directors before deciding whether to cite Schofield formally.

The Leeds football director, Hugh McGahan, said: "We could question a number of things but we don't want to get involved in any tit-for-tat. We are very disappointed that Gregory has reacted in this way."

Leeds are to feature in the oustanding tie of the third round. Their match at home to their neighbours, the Bradford Bulls, continues the recent tradition of the two clubs meeting each other in cup competitions.

Either that or the London Broncos' home tie against Halifax is likely to be the televised match on 25 November, with the remainder of the ties played the following day.

Carlisle, the giant-killers of the last round with their shock 19-18 victory over Castleford, have been rewarded with a lower-profile but highly- winable tie against the Hunslet Hawks at the new South Leeds Stadium.

St Helens have a tricky trip to Hull, while the holders, Wigan, go to the Alfred McAlpine Stadium to play Huddersfield.

Rochdale Hornets, who travel to Dewsbury following their good win at Hull KR in the second round, fear that their Australian full-back, Sean Alvarez, could have his career ended by what his coach, Steve Gibson, described as the worst broken ankle he had seen in his life. "He will be lucky if he ever plays again," Gibson said.

Wigan's England World Cup second-rower, Simon Haughton, is having an x-ray after injuring his ankle in the victory over Whitehaven, also on Sunday.

REGAL TROPHY Third-round draw: Hunslet v Carlisle; Huddersfield v Wigan; Workington v Widnes; Batley v Warrington; London v Halifax; Hull v St Helens; Leeds v Bradford; Dewsbury v Rochdale (Ties to be played weekend of 25-26 November).

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