Wigan Warriors ace Matty Smith to miss Giants clash

Wigan's Matty Smith tackles Danny Tickle
Wigan's Matty Smith tackles Danny Tickle

MATTY Smith will be available to face Brisbane Broncos after taking up his early guilty plea option in the wake of being charged by the RFL.

The Warriors scrum half made the offence of ‘light contact’ with Widnes’ Rhys Hanbury in the final minutes of Warriors’ draw last Thursday night as the Vikings star was celebrating Chris Dean’s crucial try.

Smith was sin-binned by referee James Child for the Grade B offence which carries a ban of one to two games.

A two-match ban would have ruled Smith out of the World Club Series clash against Brisbane Broncos on February 21, though due to his favourable disciplinary record, Smith had the option to decide if he wanted to enter an early guilty plea and take a one match ban, menaing he would only miss Friday’s visit of Huddersfield Giants.

But Tony Clubb and Ryan Sutton were cleared of making dangerous contact and a high tackle respectively.

On Sutton’s 15th-minute tackle on Brown, the RFL stated: “(The) player makes legitimate attempt to tackle opponent. Accidental clash of heads.”

And for Clubb, no charge was brought after it was stated his contact with Aaron Heremaia was around the hip area and force was ‘not excessive.’

Patrick Ah Van was banned for one game following his red card high tackle on Josh Charnley and Joel Tomkins was cautioned but not charged for his part in the incident which saw Smith brought before the panel.