UPDATE: Mata’utia to miss Challenge Cup Final despite appeal

Sione Mata'utia will miss the Betfred Challenge Cup Final after his two game ban was reduced to one following an appeal at an RFL Match Review hearing this evening.

Matautia pleaded guilty to both his Grade B offences but challenged the gradings, which followed separate incidents in last Friday’s Betfred Super League game at Wakefield Trinity.

For the first, a charge of Grade B dangerous contact, the Operational Rules Tribunal downgraded the offence to Grade A, meaning the one-match suspension was removed, with the £500 fine remaining.

For the second, a charge of Grade B high tackle, the grading was found to be correct and deemed “reckless” so the one-match ban and the £500 fine stands.

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