Kerr in the clear

Date published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FOLLOWING the signing of Gregg McNally, there was more good news for Roughyeds fans when Wayne Kerr received a sending-off-sufficient verdict at the Rugby League disciplinary hearing in Leeds.

The Irish-capped prop will now be free to play in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Hunslet Hawks at the Whitebank Stadium (3.00pm kick off).

He was sent off in the recent home match against York City Knights for a challenge on York winger Dennis Tuffour and ultimately charged with a reckless tackle.

With Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton by his side in a supporting role, Kerr pleaded not guilty. He submitted that his was merely an instinctive reaction to a sidestepping winger and that he actually grabbed Tuffour’s shirt.

Having looked at all the available evidence, the judiciary found him guilty, but ruled that his dismissal on the day was an appropriate penalty. He was, however, given a formal warning as to his future conduct because of his previous record.

“Naturally, we were very happy that Wayne escaped suspension,” said Chris.