Peacock escapes RL ban

  • Last Updated: June 10 2014, 21:22 BST

Leeds' former England captain Jamie Peacock has avoided a ban after being found guilty of punching.

Leeds: Jamie Peacock is fined for punching Leigh forward Matt Sarsfield.
Leeds: Jamie Peacock is fined for punching Leigh forward Matt Sarsfield.

Peacock, sin-binned after coming to blows with Leigh forward Matt Sarsfield during the Rhinos' 25-12 Challenge Cup quarter-final win over the Centurions, admitted the offence when he appeared in front a Rugby Football League disciplinary panel, who took into consideration "significant provocation" as well as his previous exemplary record.

The veteran prop was fined £300 for the grade B offence and will be free to play against Huddersfield in Thursday's Super League match at Headingley.

The RFL's match-review panel ruled that the sin-binning was sufficient punishment for Sarsfield, who they say made contact with Peacock's head but did not throw any punches.

Meanwhile, Hull KR forward Michael Weyman won his appeal against a two-match ban imposed after he was found guilty of using foul or abusive language to a referee.

Weyman argued that his comments, made during his side's 54-12 defeat at Castleford nine days ago, were directed at team-mate Graeme Horne rather than the match official.

The former St George Illawarra prop, who was sent off for the comments, will be free to play for Rovers in Friday's home game against Warrington.

Bradford forward Jay Pitts will miss his first game for the Bulls after accepting a one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Warrington's Anthony England during his side's 46-10 Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat.

Pitts, a back-rower who is on a season-long loan from Hull, submitted an early-guilty plea to the grade B offence and will sit out Bradford's trip to Salford on Sunday.

It is another blow to Francis Cummins' squad after prop Antonio Kaufusi chose not to extend his loan spell from Huddersfield.