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Naiqama wins appeal and clear to play

The Club has won its appeal against Kevin Naiqama’s two match suspension meaning he is free to face Warrington in the Coral Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Story updated: 18:00 – 15/09/20

The Fijian centre had been adjudged guilty of a Grade C high tackle on Hull Kingston Rovers’ Kane Linnett during the closing stages of Friday’s Betfred Super League fixture. Naiqama accepted the original high tackle verdict, but challenged the panel’s grading.

The tribunal downgraded the tackle to Grade A and, whilst Naiqama has been fined £500, there will be no suspension.

The news means he will now be available for selection against Warrington in the Cup on Saturday and again against Wigan in Super League in two weeks’ time.

Later this evening tribunals will consider Match Review Panel referrals in respect of Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) and Jordan Abdull (Hull KR), who are charged with Grade F and Grade D offences respectively.

Earlier today, Leeds Rhinos’ Alex Sutcliffe accepted his two-match suspension for dangerous contact, while teammate Brad Dwyer and Castleford Tigers’ Adam Milner accepted their one-game suspensions for Grade B offences.

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