Ratchford banned for trip

Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford will miss Saturday's crucial Betfred Super League visit of Catalans Dragons after receiving a one-match ban from the Rugby Football League for tripping Wigan's Sam Tomkins.

Tuesday, 20th June 2017, 7:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 3:18 pm
Stefan Ratchford

The England international, having opted not to use an early guilty plea (EGP), was found guilty of the grade B charge and handed a one-match ban and £300 fine at an independent operational rules tribunal this evening.

The incident occurred during the early stages of Warrington’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wigan on Saturday when Ratchford caught Sam Tomkins off the ball.

Ratchford, a former Wigan St Pat’s junior, wore a ‘player mic’ for the BBC-televised match and can be heard protesting he was trying to “turn on him”.

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