Tomkins boys charged

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WIGAN will discover later today whether Joel and Sam Tomkins face bans for their roles in Sunday’s heated 14-12 victory against Hull FC.

Both players have been ordered to appear before the RFL disciplinary committee this afternoon.

They have been charged with Grade B offences, which carry punishments of one or two games.

It would be a crushing blow to the Warriors if either, or both, are suspended.

Coach Michael Maguire is already without up to SIX front-line players and the absence of the Tomkins brothers would further dent their chances of overcoming Super League table-toppers Huddersfield Giants this Friday night.

Warriors host Warrington the following week.

Full-back Sam has been charged with the offence of running in and punching in the 65th minute, when his older sibling was fighting with Hull centre Kirk Yeaman.

Joel’s charge does not relate to that scrap, but rather the offence of “recklessly striking” Yeaman the following minute as he appeared to raise his elbow as he carried the ball in – an incident which led to his dismissal.

Wigan were trailing until being reduced to 12-men and back-rower Liam Farrell admits the red-card galvanised the squad.

He said: “After the fight we switched on a bit. I think we needed a kick and I think the fight gave us that, we started to play with more aggression – but it shouldn’t take a fight to get us to play like that.”

Yeaman was also charged with the Grade B offence of fighting and a fourth player from that match, Hull prop Lee Radford, is charged with the Grade B offence of making dangerous contact with Thomas Leuluai in the 61st minute. By citing no other Wigan players, the RFL have effectively dismissed Hull coach Richard Agar’s complaints that Wigan were using illegal tactics throughout the match.

If the Tomkins boys are banned it may really stretch Maguire’s squad, particularly if half-back Paul Deacon fails to recover from a head-knock in time to face the Giants at the Galpharm Stadium in a Sky Sports-televised encounter.

Maguire is already missing injured stars Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Stuart Fielden and Eamon O’Carroll, while centre Martin Gleeson is no longer in the frame amid wide-spread rumours he is to be dismissed.

Fit-again Australian Amos Roberts and forward Chris Tuson could come back into the reckoning.