‘Chicken-wing’ earns Lima a suspension

WIGAN prop Jeff Lima will miss the World Club Challenge later this month after being handed a two-match suspension.

The New Zealand international, who joined the Super League champions from Melbourne Storm in the close season, was found guilty of separate ‘chicken-wing’ tackles on his debut in the Warriors’ 16-16 draw with St Helens, in the opening match of the season in Cardiff on Saturday.

One incident, in which undue pressure is placed on the arms of the ball-carrier, was brought to the attention of referee Richard Silverwood by St Helens forward Jon Wilkin during the game, while the RFL’s match review panel also charged Lima with a similar offence on Sia Soliola.

Lima, who was also fined £300, will miss Wigan’s trip to Bradford on Sunday and the showdown with Australian champions St George Illawarra at the DW Stadium a week later.

Salford hooker Wayne Godwin was also suspended for two matches and fined £300 for running in and punching Crusaders captain Clinton Schifcofske after the final whistle of his side’s 42-12 defeat at the Millennium Stadium.

Godwin, who was on debut for the City Reds, was sent off for the offence and appeared automatically in front of the RFL disciplinary committee.

Wakefield centre Aaron Murphy was banned for two games after being found guilty of a dangerous throw in his side’s 40-20 defeat by Castleford but is set to appeal.