Vea misses Saints clash

  • Last Updated: July 15 2014, 12:16 BST

London Broncos forward Atelea Vea will not get the chance to impress his new employers after being suspended for the visit of St Helens on Saturday.

Atelea Vea: Suspended for clash with St Helens
Atelea Vea: Suspended for clash with St Helens

The 27-year-old Tongan international, who is joining Saints on a two-year contract at the end of the season, submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade B charge of striking during the Broncos' 72-12 defeat at Warrington on Sunday and accepted a one-match ban.

Team-mate Olsi Krasniqi will be free to face St Helens after avoiding a suspension for striking in the same game. He admitted a minor grade A offence.

Warrington stand-off Chris Bridge similarly admitted a grade A striking offence from the same match and will lose his right to an early-guilty plea for 12 months.

Bridge is available for Friday's derby at Widnes. Vikings prop Phil Joseph will be missing for that match after being given a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle but centre Stefan Marsh is clear to play after pleading guilty to a grade A offence.