Leeds Rhinos player Brad Singleton has been banned for six games for elbowing Catalan Dragons' Greg Bird in the head during the Rhinos vs Dragons match on March 10.
The fourth round Super League bout made for a dominant win for the Rhinos, who slayed the Dragons with a 46-10 triumph.
But the euphoria of their comeback from their 66-10 loss to Castleford was soured by Singleton's misconduct.
During a disciplinary hearing on March 14, involving multiple incidents over the weekend, such as Hull's Jansin Turgut's use of an elbow during Hull's game against St. Helens, the 24-year-old Cumbrian pleaded guilty to the grade E offence, which usually results in a four-to-eight game ban.
10 minutes into the game, he went to tackle Bird as the Dragons player had the ball, but as Bird passed it to his teammate, Singleton clumsily tackled Bird with horrendous results.
Bird required seven stitches to the back of the head, but he kept going until he broke his thumb later on in the match, ruling him out for eight weeks at most.
That will make the future difficult for coach Laurent Frayssinous, who expressed that Singleton should have been sent off for his actions in the post-match press conference.
Singleton's six-match ban means that he will not be playing for the club until April 27, when the Rhinos play their first match of the Challenge Cup.
Rhinos coach Brian McDermott claimed that while Singleton has been a 'standout' during the Super League, he had let the team down for his actions against Catalan Dragons.
He also stated that although the prop forward would be put on a 'mini pre-season' to ensure he will be ready to return, there are no guarantees of him being picked for the team when his suspension ends.
Singleton will be watching on the sidelines as Leeds will try to put this behind them for their next game against Wakefield on March 17. Catalan Dragons will play St. Helens on March 18.
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