Rhinos prop Singleton under fire from coach McDermott after Leeds record ban

Brad Singleton.
Brad Singleton.
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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott believes Brad Singleton let down his team-mates after he was banned for six matches for striking an opponent with his elbow.

Singleton was placed on report by referee James Child in the early stages of Friday’s Super League game against Catalans Dragons for his late tackle that left Greg Bird needing seven stitches in a wound at the back of his head.

The prop was charged with a grade E offence by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel and given a record ban for a Rhinos player at a disciplinary hearing in Leeds.

“He pleaded guilty as he knew the extent of his careless tackle and that type of incident has no place in the modern game,” said McDermott.

“Brad has been a standout for us so far this year but last Friday he let his team-mates down.

“We will now put Brad into a mini pre-season so he can be in good shape on his return should he get picked in the team after his suspension.”

Child’s decision to only put Singleton on report incensed Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous, whose side went on to lose the match 46-10.

Singleton was also fined £300 and will begin his ban when Leeds host Wakefield tomorrow.

England’s Test against Samoa in Sydney on May 6 will follow matches between Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands and Fiji against Tonga.