Akauola and Hepi given bans

Warrington Wolves forward Sitaleki Akauola has been handed a three-match penalty notice by the Match Review Panel.

The Tongan was sent to the sin bin for a Dangerous Throw on James Harrison during Warrington’s 32-6 win over Leeds Rhinos.

He will now miss their games against Catalans Dragons, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR as a result.

Also banned is Castleford Tigers forward Tyla Hepi. He will be banned for one match after being charged with Other Contrary Behaviour, following their match with Hull FC yesterday.

The incident with Joe Cator was mentioned by the Match Review Panel, with no action being taken on the pitch at the time by the on-field referee.

He will now miss their match against Hull KR on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Hull winger Ratu Naulago was charged with a Shoulder charge, following their midweek match against Huddersfield Giants.

However, his tackle on Lee Gaskell did not result in a ban, as he was charged at Grade A.

Finally, St Helens centre Kevin Naiqama has been cautioned for Use of the Knees during Saints’ win over Wakefield Trinity.

The incident left Trinity fullback Alex Walker needing treatment.

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