Ben Cross suspended, Castleford's Rangi Chase charged with a reckless strike

Last Updated: 11/02/13 5:17pm

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Widnes Vikings will be without Ben Cross for Sunday's clash against Hull KR after making an 'early plea' in the wake of being sent off against St Helens.

The Australian forward saw red in the second half at the Halton Stadium with the score line level at four apiece and he was subsequently charged with a grade B offence.

The former Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos man has opted for an 'early plea' meaning an automatic one-match ban ruling out of the weekend trip to Craven Park.

The match-review panel ruled that the sin-binning of Widnes captain Jon Clarke in the same match was sufficient punishment.

Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase has been charged over the tackle that knocked out England team-mate Zak Hardaker during the Tigers' 14-12 win over Super League champions Leeds on Sunday.

Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, was not punished at the time of the incident, but he has now been subsequently charged with a reckless strike and is facing a grade B charge, which carries a ban of one to two matches.

Catalan Dragons prop Julian Bousquet could be banned for up to five matches for the challenge that put Salford's young French scrum-half Theo Fages in hospital.

Bousquet was making only his fourth appearance in Super League and was sent off three minutes into his side's 40-6 win over the City Reds in Perpignan, a challenge that knocked Fages, 18, out.

The 22-year-old made his debut for France against England in the final of the autumn international series in November and will discover his fate when he is accused of intentionally striking with his shoulder, a grade D charge.

Wigan scrum-half Matty Smith was issued with a warning for a dangerous lift in Friday's 17-17 draw with Warrington Wolves.

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