Prop Mike Cooper is set to miss Warrington Wolves’ Elimination playoff clash with Hull KR after being handed a one-game ban. (Match betting – Warrington 1/6, draw 25/1, Hull KR 4/1).
Warrington (4/1 Grand Final winner) signed off their Betfred Super League campaign with a third successive win, beating Castleford Tigers 40-24 on Thursday to secure third spot.
They have been rewarded with a spot in the season-ending playoffs and take on Hull KR, who finished sixth, in the Elimination round on Friday.
The Wire have won their last two meetings with Hull KR, running out 50-26 victors in May and easing to a 40-10 triumph in August 2020.
However, they will be without prop Cooper for Friday’s encounter after he was handed a one-match ban following a high tackle against Tigers prop Liam Watts.
Cooper does have the right to appeal the Grade B high tackle charge at an independent tribunal.
Coach Steve Price was delighted to see his team come through Thursday’s game injury-free but he had expected Cooper to avoid punishment. After the game, he told Sky Sports: “That was really harsh, a red card for that, it was really tough.
“I’m confident he will not have to answer to that or Josh Charnley’s tackle although it did warrant a yellow.”
KR had their place in the top-six confirmed on Thursday after Castleford lost 40-24 to Warrington, ending their chances of reaching the playoffs.
The Humberside outfit signed off their regular-season fixtures at Leeds Rhinos the following night with the winner set to secure fifth and the loser settling for sixth.
Rhinos claimed a 23-12 victory at Emerald Headingley, and they are set to take on Wigan Warriors in the Elimination playoffs on Thursday.