Wellens and Laffranchi banned from Good Friday derby

Paul Wellens (pictured) and Anthony Laffranchi are banned from the Good Friday derby
Paul Wellens (pictured) and Anthony Laffranchi are banned from the Good Friday derby
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PAUL Wellens and Anthony Laffranchi will miss the Good Friday derby with Wigan after both players were handed one-match bans.

They were cited by the Rugby Football League’s match-review panel for dangerous tackles during Saints’ 28-16 win at Warrington and were tonight found guilty of the offences when they appeared in front of the RFL’s disciplinary committee in Leeds.

They were also fined £300.

Bradford forward John Bateman will miss both his club’s Easter fixtures after being suspended for two games.

Bateman, who was accompanied to the hearing by coach Mick Potter and the club solicitor, was found guilty of making a dangerous throw on Hull scrum-half Brett Seymour during the Bulls’ 24-18 defeat at Hull.

He was also fined £300.