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Super League: Tony Smith slams Ben Westwood ban

Last Updated: 20/02/13 1:12pm

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Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith is unhappy that Ben Westwood will miss this weekend's clash against Hull FC due to suspension.

The 31-year-old forward has been given a one-match ban along with Catalan Dragons full-back Brent Webb, after the pair were found guilty of fighting in last Friday's Super League clash.

The altercation was one of a number of incidents in Wolves' 24-16 win and former Leeds Rhinos boss Smith believes the game was allowed to be played in a 'bad' spirit.

Smith has no qualms with the physical nature of the sport, saying it is part and parcel of the game, however, he wants officials to clamp down on the cheap shots.

Bad Spirit

"Do I think Bennie should be banned? No," Smith told the Warrington Guardian.

"I think the game was, and was allowed to be, played in a bad spirit.

"I don't think anyone in rugby league minds a game being tough, we saw that against Wigan, a tough game played in good spirit.

"This week wasn't, there were nasty stuff and nasty incidents, with cheap shots thrown in that shouldn't happen on the rugby league field and it got out of hand."

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