Wigan Warriors (8/1 Grand Final Winner) forward Willie Isa has apologised after he was suspended by the RFL for four games following two incidents in their Betfred Super League derby loss at home to St Helens on Friday.
In what was a fierce and attritional contest between last season’s Super League Grand Finalists, Wigan’s lack of discipline proved costly.
Isa was sin-binned during the 26-2 defeat and has been banned for three games on a Grade C striking penalty notice while also picking up an additional game for a Grade A offence.
Team-mate John Bateman has been handed a one-match ban for dissent towards referee Chris Kendall, while St Helens’ James Bentley will also sit out his team’s next game for kicking out at an opponent in the ruck.
The loss on Friday leaves Wigan fourth in the table as they seek to win their first Grand Final since 2018.
Coach Adrian Lam (pictured) was disappointed with the conduct of his players, saying: “These little indiscretions keep popping up and it’s not good enough.”
Now, second-row Isa has taken to Instagram to apologise for his action.
“I would like to issue an apology for my actions during last week’s fixture against St Helens,” he said. “When playing in such big games, adrenaline runs high but that is no excuse for my actions during the game.
“I let myself down, my teammates down and most importantly, the supporters down in such an important game for the Club.”
Isa, capped once at international level by Samoa, will miss Wednesday’s game against Leeds Rhinos (Match Betting – Wigan 8/11, Leeds 11/10, tie 22/1) as well as Super League matches against Castleford, Warrington, and Hull FC.