Rugby League World Cup: Samoa lose two forwards to bans

Last Updated: 12/11/13 4:05pm

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Sauaso Sue: Out of quarter-final

Sauaso Sue: Out of quarter-final

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Samoa forwards Leeson Ah Mau and Sauaso Sue will miss the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final against Fiji after picking up one-match bans.

Both men were cited following incidents in Monday's 22-6 victory over France in Perpignan.

St George Illawarra Dragons star Ah Mau was charged with striking with a shoulder on half-back William Barthau in the 13th minute whilst West Tigers' Sue was charged with tripping the same player in the second half.

Sue was also issued a formal caution for striking Barthau with his shoulder in a separate incident.

Time to appeal

Both players have until 11am on Wednesday to appeal against the bans.

Scrum-half Ben Roberts, the other player to be placed on report by referee Henry Perenara for an alleged 'spear' tackle, was told he has no case to answer.

The suspensions will be keenly felt by the Samoans, who have lost three players - Reni Maitua, Harrison Hansen and Frank Winterstein - for the rest of the tournament through injury.

They were give permission to call up former St Helens forward Tony Puletua, which took their squad strength back up to 22.

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