Prop Lima is facing another ban

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KIWI prop Jeff Lima could be hit with a ban of up to two games later today.

The front-rower has been ordered to appear in front of the RFL disciplinary committee in Leeds this afternoon.

He was sin-binned for tackling Chris Clarkson around the knees – while he was being held-up by two Wigan team-mates – during last Friday’s spicy 22-22 draw at Headingley.

Now, having viewed footage of the incident, the RFL have issued him with a Grade B charge of making dangerous contact, which carries a punishment of one to two games.

It will not be the first time that Lima – an off-season recruit from Melbourne – has visited Red Hall, having been suspended for two games at the start of the season for two dangerous tackles in the opening day game against St Helens.

His tackle on Clarkson was one of six incidents from the game viewed by the RFL match review panel – four committed by Leeds players, two by Wigan – but no-one else has been charged.

Michael Maguire defended Lima, 28, minutes after the game, saying he didn’t think “there was too much in that to be honest.

“You get three men in a tackle many times, and unfortunately he (Clarkson) just happened to bend the wrong way.”

But Wakefield coach John Kear – covering the game as a summeriser for Radio Five Live – suggested he deserved a red-card and a 12-game ban, and added: “If he escapes with anything under six weeks, the RFL disciplinary aren’t doing their job.”

Lima risks missing matches against Catalan (home) and Hull KR (away).

If he is banned, at least his loss may be off-set by the return of Pat Richards from an Achilles injury.

The winger played 40 minutes for the Under-20s last Saturday and Maguire said: “He’s come through it well.

“There were no problems and it’s definitely going to be a big boost once we’ve got him back on board.

“But the Achilles is a tricky one and we’ll not know for sure until later this week. We certainly won’t be playing him unless he is ready.”

Maguire may find analysing their next opponents a tricky job as Catalan influential scrum-half Scott Dureau faces a race against time to be fit for the DW Stadium encounter.

The Australian was carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages of the Dragons’ shock 22-20 win at Warrington on Sunday, shortly after scoring the decisive try, and taken to hospital for x-rays on his neck.

“We’ll have to see how he recovers,” said coach Trent Robinson, who will have France international Thomas Bosc available for the first time this year. The Dragons have set up camp in Manchester because of the short turn-around in fixtures.

l WEMBLEY looks set to host a Four Nations double-header opener featuring England against Australia and newcomers Wales against New Zealand this October.

l DETAILS of the June international between England and an ‘Exiles’ side made up of Super League’s overseas stars will be revealed tomorrow.