GARETH Hock faces a ban of up to NINE GAMES after being cited for two offences in Sunday’s defeat by Warrington.
The prop has been charged with punching and gouging Wolves’ Ben Harrison in the final minute of the 39-12 loss.
Punching carries a standard tariff of a up to a one game ban, while the punishment for gouging is between four and eight weeks – meaning he could be suspended for a total of nine weeks if found guilty of both.
He will be hoping for leniency when he appears before the RFL panel in Leeds this evening.
Wigan have a maximum of five matches remaining this season and any ban beyond that time would carry over to next season.
Hock, who only returned to action this summer after a two-year doping ban, was selected for the clash against Wolves having been left out of the team for the Challenge Cup Final.
Coach Michael Maguire didn’t appear too concerned when asked about the incidents after Sunday’s defeat.
“There’s nothing much there,” he said. “Obviously emotions were running high throughout the game and it just blew over a little bit.”
The RFL did, at least, agree with Maguire that Sam Tomkins’ use of his feet to try and prevent Jon Clarke from scoring a try did not warrant a charge. “Nothing in that either,” said Maguire.
Tomkins has been issued with a formal caution which will remain on his file – prop Jeff Lima will also receive the same warning for pulling the hair of his former Melbourne team-mate, Matt King, but won’t be punished.
The RFL also looked at a complaint that Andy Coley had stamped on Lee Briers’ hand, but found he had no case to answer.
WIGAN’S Under-20s will be looking to take one step closer to defending their title when they face Wakefield in the opening round of the play-offs this Saturday.
The top-eight is based on the Super League model, meaning the Warriors – who finished the campaign on top – will progress direct to the semi-finals if they beat Wildcats at Orrell, kick-off 2pm. If they lose, they will get a second bite the following week.
U18s coach Peter Williams has praised his players after they finished the season in No.1 spot, following a weekend 46-12 win against St Helens.
He said: “The future’s bright – very bright.”