Leuluai forced out of Catalan clash

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Kylie Leuluai is banned for Leeds Rhinos' preliminary semi-final against Catalan Dragons on Friday
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Kylie Leuluai is banned for Leeds Rhinos' preliminary semi-final against Catalan Dragons on Friday

Leeds prop forward Kylie Leuluai will miss the champions' Super League preliminary semi-final against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan on Friday night after he was given a one-match ban.

Leuluai, who has been absent for only one of the Rhinos' 34 matches so far this season, was given the suspension, along with a £300 fine, after being found guilty by the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee of a grade B offence of punching.

He had been cited by the RFL's match-review panel for the offence on winger Peter Fox in the last minute of the Rhinos' 42-20 play-off win over Wakefield last Saturday.

Huddersfield second-row forward Brett Ferres was also suspended for one match after he was found guilty of committing a grade B dangerous lift on hooker Danny Houghton during his side's 46-10 play-off defeat at Hull on Sunday.

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