Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone to miss Saints clash

Wakefield wing wizard Tom Johnstone will miss Friday's Betfred Super League clash at St Helens after suffering a head knock in the Challenge Cup tie with the Catalans Dragons at the weekend.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 10:14 am
Tom Johnstone. Picture: SWPix

The 25-year-old, who is part of England coach Shaun Wane's 35-man training squad ahead of the World Cup, had suffered a similar injury the previous week against Wigan Warriors.

“He wasn’t in great shape at half-time,” said Trinity boss Chris Chester.

“That will rule him out for this week, but we have done without Tom before and it’s important the guys who are second and third on the ladder put their hand up and have a really good week at training."

Hooker Josh Wood was hurt late in the game and Chester confirmed: “It’s an elbow, he will go for a scan. Max Jowitt also came off with a head knock and that’ll rule him out for Friday as well.“

Meanwhile, Leeds forward Zane Tetevano will face a disciplinary hearing following his dismissal for a late tackle in the Rhinos’ 26-18 Challenge Cup defeat by St Helens.

The former New Zealand international, who was sent off four minutes into the second half of Saturday’s third-round tie for the challenge on half-back Theo Fages, has been charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with a Grade D offence of striking.

Tetevano, who was playing only his third game for Leeds, is facing a ban of between three and five matches as he prepares to appear before an operational rules tribunal on Tuesday.

Warrington winger Tom Lineham has been given a three-match penalty notice for a Grade C offence of striking off the ball during his side’s 32-8 Cup win over Swinton on Sunday.

Swinton second rower Deane Meadows was handed a one-match penalty for a shoulder charge in that match.

Wigan prop Liam Byrne and Wakefield back rower Kelepi Tanginoa were both given one-match penalty notices for Grade B offences in the weekend’s Challenge Cup ties.

Huddersfield prop Luke Yates avoided a ban for a minor dangerous tackle offence in his side’s win over Leigh while the panel issued cautions to James Green (York), Matt Gee (Leigh) and Jack Wells (Salford).