Rugby League - Wigan star Smith banned for kick

View of a ball during the European Champions Cup rugby union match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and the Sale Sharks at the Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, on October 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (AFP Photo/THIERRY ZOCCOLAN)

- Wigan's England scrum-half Matty Smith will miss his Super League club's match against Huddersfield on Friday after being charged with kicking an opponent.

Smith was sent to the sin-bin for kicking out at Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury after substitute Chris Dean had scored a late Vikings' try that enabled his side to snatch a 22-22 draw from the opening game of the Super League season last Thursday.

Smith, who missed only two matches last season, was on Monday charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with a grade B offence, which carries a ban of one to two games.

With no previous offence in the last 12 months, Smith was able to submit an early-guilty plea which means he will sit out the Huddersfield game but will be free for Wigan's World Club Challenge clash with Brisbane Broncos on February 21.


AFP