Arona banned for dangerous contact on Swift

Tinirau Arona
Tinirau Arona
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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats loose forward Tinirau Arona was last night (Tuesday) banned for two matches by the RL Disciplinary Committee for a dangerous tackle on Saints winger Adam Swift during Friday night’s Super League clash at Langtree Park.

The Wakefield forward Tinirau Arona has been charged with making dangerous contact on St Helens winger Adam Swift during the Wildcats’ 44-4 Super League defeat at Langtree Park.

Swift was carried from the field on a stretcher following Arona’s tackle, which occurred just six minutes into last Friday’s game, and is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of months after picking up a serious ankle injury.

Arona faced a grade B charge, which carries a ban of one or two matches, although the Rugby Football League’s independent disciplinary panel went outside the normal tariff earlier this year in handing Hull KR hooker John Boudebza a four-match ban for what appears to be a similar offence on Castleford centre Michael Shenton.

In coming to their decision on Arona, the RFL’s match-review panel applied the following rule: “ Dangerous contact - defender uses any part of his body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player”.

Arona was not eligible for an early-guilty plea, having submitted one a week ago to answer a grade A charge.