Two-match ban rules Hauraki out of cup semi-final

Weller Hauraki was banned for two matches and fined �300.
Weller Hauraki was banned for two matches and fined �300.

Castleford Tigers back row forward Weller Hauraki will miss the Challenge Cup semi-final with Widnes Vikings after being handed a two-match suspension on Tuesday evening.

Hauraki was given the ban, along with a £300 fine, after admitting a grade C offence of recklessly striking with his knees in a clash with Hull’s teenage stand-off Jordan Abdull in the Tigers’ 18-18 Super League draw at the KC Stadium last Thursday.

The 29-year-old former Crusaders and Leeds forward was not penalised but referee James Child placed the incident on report and he was subsequently charged by the Rugby Football League’s match-review panel.

Hauraki, who is leaving Castleford at the end of the year to join Salford, will begin his suspension when Castleford host London Broncos in Super League on Sunday and also sit out the Tigers’ semi-final clash with Widnes at Leigh on Sunday, August 10.