Salford is to be without forward Adam Walne in this Saturday’s Million Pound Game against Hull KR after he was given a one match ban for a dangerous throw.
The Rugby Football League match review panel charged Walne with the grade B offence for his dangerous tackle on Batley winger Shaun Ainscough during the team’s vital 42 – 14 win in the last round of the Super 8s Qualifiers on Sunday.
Rather than contest the charge Walne decided to enter an early guilty plea in exchange for a one match ban. However, the side effect of this is that he will be absent for the relegation decider against Hull KR this weekend.
Salford need to defeat Hull KR in the one-off decider at the Lightstream Stadium otherwise they will be relegated from the Super League to the Kingston Press Championship.
Last week’s match against Batley was director of rugby Tim Sheens’ final match with the team as he prepares to take over as head coach of Hull KR. He is sure to follow this weekend’s game extremely closely but has said that he will have no part in it as it is between his current and future teams.
Salford’s Head Coach Ian Watson said that he doesn’t “think it would be fair on Tim to ask him to come in next week with us playing Hull KR.”
Sheens has signed a three year contract with Hull KR regardless of which division they play in next season. The team has found itself in the Million Pound Game after they lost 23 – 22 to Huddersfield last week. However, they have the home advantage in the upcoming game and they will be doing their upmost to remain in the Super League for another season.