Friday night’s Challenge Cup quarter final defeat to Leeds Rhinos could prove costly for Leigh Centurions.
As the Rhinos promptly dispatched the Betfred Championship team 52-22, they were greatly aided by the fact that the Centurions had Peter Mata’utia sent off less than ten minutes into proceedings. Following a red card for a dangerous throw, the 27-year-old Samoan international has been charged with a Grade E offence for the offence on Leeds’ Matt Parcell.
Mata’utia’s Leigh team mate Matty Dawson-Jones has also been referred and charged with an offence of the same grade for questioning the integrity of a match official in a foul-mouthed rant directed at referee Chris Kendall following Adam Cuthbertson’s 78th minute try.
Grade E offences carry a sanction between four and eight games. The Centurions, therefore, could be set to lose two of their first choice players for the foreseeable future if the pair are found guilty.