Tommy Makinson: St Helens winger's ban for high tackle cut from three to two games

Tommy Makinson
Tommy Makinson scored a try in Saints’ Challenge Cup final win over Cas in July

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson will still miss Friday’s derby with Wigan despite having his ban for a high tackle cut to just two games on appeal.

Makinson, 29, was sent off, then banned for three games for the 64th-minute challenge on Niall Evalds in last Thursday’s defeat by Castleford Tigers.

The operational rules tribunal have now downgraded the offence from a Grade C to a Grade B but his £300 fine remains.

He also misses the home game with Leigh but is now free to play at Warrington.

The disciplinary panel’s summary said the England international had “tried to tackle, but [was] reckless about the outcome”.

At Monday’s original disciplinary hearing, Salford centre Matt Costello and Leeds back-rower Rhyse Martin both received one-game Grade B penalty notices for dangerous contact.

Martin misses Leeds’ game with Huddersfield on Thursday, while Costello is sidelined for Salford’s trip to Leigh on Sunday.


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