Maguire ponders prop appeal

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MICHAEL Maguire will decide today whether to appeal against Jeff Lima’s one-match suspension.

As it stands, the prop will miss the Super League champions’ home game against Catalan Dragons on Friday.

Lima was also fined £300 after he last night appeared in front of the RFL’s disciplinary committee for a second time this year, charged with dangerous play during his side’s 22-22 draw at Leeds last Friday.

The Kiwi was sin-binned at the time for the challenge on Leeds second-rower Chris Clarkson, and was last night found guilty of a grade B offence, which carried a maximum punishment of a two-game ban.

Maguire yesterday reiterated his stance that he thought the tackle did not warrant a severe punishment, but if an appeal is unsuccessful, Wigan risk having the ban doubled. Any appeal would be heard tomorrow.

His knee-high tackle on Clarkson – who was being held by two other Wigan players – prompted a furious reaction from Wakefield coach John Kear, who was summarising for the BBC at the time.

He said Lima deserved a 12-game ban.

But Maguire said: “I don’t think other coaches should be commenting on other players in the game.

“I think it’s wrong. If I was to comment on one of their players I can’t imagine they’d appreciate it.”

Lima missed two matches earlier this season for ‘chicken-wing’ tackles in the season-opener against St Helens.