Date published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WAYNE Kerr, our Irish international prop, is free to play in the Roughyeds’ Co-operative Championship 1 game at Hunslet Hawks on Friday night (March 12, 8.00pm kick off) after escaping suspension at a meeting of the RFL disciplinary committee in Leeds.

He was sent off, along with Swinton’s Welsh-capped half-back and former Oldham player Ian Watson, after a skirmish near the end of the recent league game at Sedgley Park which the Roughyeds won 38-20.

Watson got a one-match, but the disciplinary panel ruled that there would be no further action against Kerr, who was represented and supported at the hearing by his club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Oldham pleaded guilty to the charge against Kerr of punching, but submitted in mitigation that he was not the aggressor.

Three other players — Oldham’s Mark Brocklehurst and Swinton’s Aaron Smith and Neil Rigby — were also charged with similar punching offences arising out of the free-for-all near the end of the game.

Brocklehurst got a one-match ban which rules him out of our game at the South Leeds Stadium on Friday, but the verdicts on Smith and Rigby were not known at the time of writing.

It was later confirmed that Aaron Smith was banned for one game, but in the case of Neil Rigby there was to be no further action. In addition to their one-match suspensions, Brocklehurst, Watson and Smith were each fined £50.