Boults ready for Wales

Date published: Thursday, May 12, 2011

JASON Boults is free to play in Oldham RL Club’s Co-operative Championship One game against South Wales Scorpions in Caerphilly on Sunday.

The Roughyeds’ prop pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the RFL disciplinary panel in Leeds last night, charged with ‘striking an opponent with his knee’ during Oldham’s home win against Doncaster on May 1.

Judiciary concluded he was guilty, but they accepted the player’s plea of mitigation — that he reacted to a swinging arm — and ruled that his dismissal by referee Clint Sharrad was sufficient punishment in the circumstances.

Doncaster hooker Kyle Kesik, sent off at the same time, was not summoned to appear before the panel, the RFL’s disciplinary body having decided no further action was necessary in his case after studying the incident on DVD.

It emerged that there had also been some confusion over the severity of the charge against Boults. The Oldham club was informed by RFL letter that he was to be charged with a grade ‘A’ offence yet the RFL reported on its website and in press releases that he would be on a more serious grade ‘B’ charge.

The decision not to ban Boults was a welcome relief for Roughyeds who will travel to South Wales without the suspended Mark Brocklehurst and the injured John Gillam and Lucas Onyango.

There are also doubts about the fitness of Marcus St Hilaire, Martin Roden and Andy Isherwood, although Neil Roden is expected to receive the all-clear.

Full-back Ben Heaton and half-back Carl Forber will also be back in contention after being unavailable in Heaton’s case and ineligible in Forber’s case for the cup tie at Hull last Saturday.