Akauola banned for cup clash

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing -

War­ring­ton’s Tonga in­ter­na­tional, Si­taleki Akauola, who was banned for the 2018 Challenge Cup fi­nal, will miss this year’s semi-fi­nal through sus­pen­sion.

The for­mer Pen­rith Pan­thers prop was handed a two-match penalty no­tice by the Rugby Foot­ball League’s match re­view panel for a dan­ger­ous tackle on Sal­ford loose for­ward Ty­rone Mc­carthy dur­ing last Fri­day’s 22-12 home de­feat by the Red Devils. War­ring­ton have de­cided not to con­test the grade C charge so Akauola will sit out Sun­day’s Su­per League game at Castle­ford and the cup tie with Hull at Bolton on Satur­day, July 27.

Mean­while, Hull KR fear los­ing re­cent sign­ing Matt Par­cell for the rest of the sea­son af­ter he sus­tained a shoul­der lig­a­ment in­jury dur­ing Fri­day’s 32-16 vic­tory at par­ent club Leeds. Hud­der­s­field will be with­out ex­pe­ri­enced prop Paul Clough for up to six weeks af­ter he broke a hand in his side’s home de­feat by Cata­lans Drag­ons last Fri­day.

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