Sinfield banned for two games


21st July 2014

Kevin Sinfield will be available for Leeds Rhinos' Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Warrington Wolves but will miss their next two matches after accepting an early guilty plea for his head-butt on Castleford Tigers full-back Luke Dorn.

Sinfield was earlier day charged by the Rugby Football League with a grade C offence following the first dismissal of his illustrious career last week.

The Leeds and England captain head-butted Dorn towards the end of a gripping 24-24 draw between the Rhinos and Castleford at Headingley on Thursday evening, an incident coach Brian McDermott had called a "momentary" lapse in discipline.

But the 33-year-old accepted his guilt following the RFL's announcement and, due to a near exemplary previous record, he has only been banned for two matches.

That means he will miss the trip to Salford Red Devils on Friday as well as the home clash with local rivals Bradford Bulls next week, but will return for the pivotal Challenge Cup clash with Warrington on August 9 at Langtree Park.