Morgan Smithies banned for next SIX matches

Wigan will be without Morgan Smithies until the middle of October.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 5:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 5:44 pm
Morgan Smithies

The forward was given a four-match suspension by the RFL's disciplinary after pleading guilty to a Grade D charge of dangerous contact on Castleford's James Clare during last Saturday’s 30-22 win. The tribunal also fined Smithies £500.

Smithies had already been banned for two games for headbutting (Grade C) earlier in the game.

Multiple suspensions run successively - one after the other - rather than concurrently, meaning he misses six matches starting with Thursday's game against Hull KR at Headingley.

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The normal suspension range for a Grade D offence is three to five matches.

Smithies was sinbinned for the tackle on Clare and Castleford coach Daryl Powell labelled it a 'crusher tackle' and "terrible".

Smithies took to Twitter, saying: "Hoping James Clare is okay, speedy recovery mate, wasn't intentional."

On Sunday, Clare stated he had been given the all-clear and was "home safe and sound".