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Warrington Wolves stand-off may avoid play-off semi-final ban
3:36pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Wolves news
LEE Briers has been charged with Grade A punching in the 22nd minute of Warrington Wolves' Super League qualifying play-off victory against Leeds Rhinos.
The 35-year-old stand-off reacted to a high tackle from Leeds forward Carl Ablett during the 40-20 win, throwing his semi-final availability into doubt by facing the prospect of a one-match ban as punishment.
Grade A offences are subject to a 0-1 match ban according to the RFL's suspension tariff guidelines, but Briers' exemplary disciplinary record may yet ensure he is available to play in Wolves' play-off semi final.
The RFL rules state: "A player who submits an early guilty plea will automatically receive the suspension at the lower scale of the tariff for his graded offence and lose the right to submit an EGP for 12 months."
Briers is yet to make an early guilty plea (EGP) this season and providing he makes that plea before 11am Tuesday it looks likely that Wolves' talismanic playmaker will escape with a fine.
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