Liam Watts receives 10th ban in two years as Castleford Tigers hit with double blow

Castleford Tigers are set to be without Liam Horne and Liam Watts for Saturday's trip to Warrington Wolves after the pair were banned by the match review panel.

Horne, who has made a positive impression at hooker since his arrival in late July, has received a two-match suspension and a £250 fine after being charged with a grade D dangerous throw in Friday's home loss to St Helens.

Watts, meanwhile, has been cited for a grade B trip which carries a one-game ban.

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The experienced prop has now been suspended 10 times in the last two seasons, in addition to a ban that was ultimately overturned last month.

It represents a double blow for Danny Ward as he prepares the relegation-threatened Tigers for a crucial clash with Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Horne will also sit out Castleford's final home game of the season against Hull FC next week.

Wigan Warriors prop Kaide Ellis was the only other Super League player banned in the aftermath of round 23.

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Ellis has been charged with grade B dangerous contact, ruling him out of Friday's visit of Salford Red Devils.

Liam Watts has been hit with another ban. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/ Watts has been hit with another ban. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/
Liam Watts has been hit with another ban. (Photo: Allan McKenzie/

Catalans Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins is free to face Hull KR after escaping with a £250 fine for raising a knee in a tackle.

Leeds Rhinos forward Sam Walters, St Helens back-rower Joe Batchelor, Salford half-back Marc Sneyd and Leigh Leopards centre Oliver Gildart were also fined by the match review panel.

Hull front-rower Jack Brown avoided punishment for grade A dangerous contact.

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An incident involving Rhinos prop Sam Lisone was reviewed by the panel but they took no further action.

Lisone floored Huddersfield Giants winger Sam Halsall while carrying the ball in the second half of Sunday’s match at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The home side took exception to the contact that forced Halsall off for a HIA but Lisone has been cleared of foul play.

"Player does not promote forearm into opponent,” read the notes from Monday’s match review panel meeting. “Opponent is coming across at speed and loses height as player tries to push opponent away.”

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Giants boss Ian Watson focused on Halsall’s bravery in his post-match press conference after the youngster prevented a certain try with the hosts leading 16-12.

"Lisone is going for the tryline and Sam has hared across to pull off a hell of a tackle,” said Watson, whose side went on to win 21-12.

"I said that to Sam when he came off telling us he was alright. He put his body on the line there and helped us win the game in many ways.

"Whether he's caught him with an elbow, I don't know. That's something the match review panel might look at but one man is trying to score a try and one man is determined that he's not scoring the try."

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