Huddersfield’s Edwards gets 10-match ban for inserting finger into opponent

The Huddersfield forward Kenny Edwards has been banned for 10 matches for putting his finger up the bottom of an opponent.

The New Zealander was put on report by the referee Ben Thaler during the Giants’ 50-12 home defeat by Catalans Dragons last Thursday following a complaint brought by the Dragons prop Sam Kasiano.

Edwards was charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with a Grade F offence, the most serious available to it, for “other contrary behaviour” and referred to an independent tribunal, which handed out the punishment following a hearing on Wednesday evening.

Edwards, a former Catalans player, pleaded guilty to the charge and was also handed a £500 fine.

The Catalans back-rower Joel Tomkins was suspended for eight games for a similar offence last year while the wingers Tommy Makinson of St Helens and Warrington’s Tom Linehan were suspended for five and eight matches respectively for grabbing opponents’ testicles.

Kasiano, meanwhile, successfully challenged a one-game penalty notice after being charged with a Grade B offence of dangerous contact during the game against Huddersfield. Kasiano pleaded guilty to the offence but the tribunal agreed the charge should be downgraded and he avoided a ban, freeing him to play against Leeds on Friday.