Leeds Rhinos forward banned as St Helens lose star man for Huddersfield Giants trip

Leeds Rhinos back-rower James Bentley is set to sit out Saturday's visit of Catalans Dragons after he was issued with a one-game ban by the match review panel.

Bentley has been charged with grade B dangerous contact for a late hit on Castleford Tigers half-back Jacob Miller in last Thursday's game at Wheldon Road.

"A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head, neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to that player," read the notes.

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The former St Helens forward has received the maximum punishment for a grade B offence because of his previous record, meaning he will miss this weekend's Headingley clash with the high-flying Dragons.

Bentley, who has made just two appearances this year after missing the start of the season with a knee injury, has been suspended four times since joining the Rhinos from Saints ahead of the 2022 campaign.

St Helens loose forward Morgan Knowles has also been handed a one-match ban for a late hit in Friday's win over Hull FC.

The England international will miss Saints' trip to Huddersfield Giants this Thursday.

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Four players were issued with £250 fines for grade B offences, including Castleford Tigers forward Joe Westerman (dangerous contact) and Hull youngster Davy Litten (other contrary behaviour – use of legs).

Catalans Dragons centre Arthur Romano will face no further action for grade A striking in the win over Hull KR.

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