Warrington Wolves will not appeal Ben Westwood's three-match ban

Ben Westwood against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday

Ben Westwood against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday

First published in Wolves Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

WARRINGTON Wolves have confirmed there will be no appeal against Ben Westwood's three-match ban.

Westwood pleaded 'not guilty' at last night's disciplinary hearing, after being charged with a dangerous throw on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prop forward Scott Anderson in the fourth minute of Sunday's game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Warrington and England back rower was placed on report for the challenge, which led to Anderson taking time out on the sidelines before returning later in the first half.

After the game, Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith felt Westwood's tackle was not as bad as one which James Roby had delivered on Michael Monghan a week earlier at the Etihad Stadium - a challenge which received no punishment from the disciplinary chiefs.

But Westwood's throw, in which Anderson's legs ended up vertical before he landed, was deemed deserving of a £300 fiine and a three-match ban - the minimal amount for an offence carrying a grade of up to five matches.

When asked if there would be an appeal, Smith said: "No, you have to have new evidence in order to appeal."

Westwood, whose fellow experienced back rower Trent Waterhouse is already sidelined with knee trouble, will miss Wolves' clash with table toppers Leeds Rhinos on Friday night, the Challenge Cup quarter-final tie with Bradford Bulls on June 8 and the following weekend's Super League trip to Hull Kingston Rovers.

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