Roby avoids ban

  • Last Updated: June 17 2014, 22:06 BST

England hooker James Roby has avoided a suspension despite being found guilty of a dangerous tackle.

James Roby: Guilty, but not banned
James Roby: Guilty, but not banned

The St Helens number nine appeared in front of the Rugby Football League's independent disciplinary panel charged with making dangerous contact with Catalan Dragons forward Olivier Elima during his side's 42-0 Super League defeat in Perpignan last Saturday.

Roby declined the chance to submit an early-guilty plea to the grade B offence and, after being found guilty, was given a £300 fine.

It means Roby will be free to play against Castleford in Sunday's top-four clash at Langtree Park but his Saints team-mate Alex Walmsley will miss that game after being given a one-match ban after admitting a grade one offence of striking during Saturday's game.

Walmsley and Catalan Dragons hooker Eloi Pelissier were both sin-binned after coming to blows and the latter was also handed a one-match ban, which will force him to miss the Dragons' home game against Hull on Saturday.

Halifax forward Dane Manning was banned for 10 matches for two separate offences during his side's 26-24 Championship defeat at Leigh last Wednesday.

Manning was given a five-match suspension for a grade D offence of sustained punching and banned for a further five games for using his elbow, a grade E offence.

Manning, who was sent off for punching, will be free to return for Halifax's last match of the regular season and any play-off ties.