St Helens’ Tommy Makinson gets three-match ban after red card in Castleford loss

St Helens star Tommy Makinson has been suspended for three games for a high tackle in last Thursday’s loss to Castleford Tigers.

Makinson was sent off for the dangerous 64th-minute tackle on Tigers full back Niall Evalds in the 20-10 defeat, with Greg Eden’s interception in the 78th minute securing Castleford’s first win at Saints since 1990.

The winger will miss his side’s derby with Wigan Warriors, which is on Friday.

The disciplinary Match Review Panel produced a summary of the challenge, and said Makinson “tried to tackle, but [was] reckless about the outcome”.

The panel deemed the tackle a Grade C offence after making contact with the head or neck of an opponent.

The 29-year-old is also set to miss the home clash against Leigh on August 26th and the trip to Warrington on Bank Holiday Monday just four days later.

If Makinson and Saints appeal, they will attend an independent tribunal.

The suspension caps a frustrating few days since the late challenge for Makinson, as he had been one of Saints' better players on the night.

Coach Kristian Woolf initially thought the red card was harsh, but did want to take a closer look at the incident.

“I would like to have another look at it,” said Woolf. “I am not going to sit here and complain about it, but I felt that it was harsh right at the time.”

It appears that foul play is popular at the moment, Salford centre Matt Costello and Leeds back-rower Rhyse Martin both received one-game Grade B penalty notices for dangerous contact.

Martin will be unavailable for Leeds’ clash with Huddersfield on Thursday, while Salford travel to Leigh on Sunday.

Leeds play Huddersfield on Thursday, while Salford go to Leigh on Sunday.

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