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Thunder star gets 8-match ban

Misi Taulapapa, Newcastle Thunder’s Samoan international winger, has been suspended for eight matches after pleading guilty to a grade F biting offence in the Promotion Final against Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium.

An incident in the 28th minute was placed on report after a complaint to the referee by Oldham’s Emmerson Whittel.

A subsequent meeting of the Match Review Panel looked at footage and considered reports from the match officials and from Oldham and concluded that, in their opinion, Whittel suffered a bite to the right forearm during or after a tackle.

Taulapapa wasn’t present at the meeting of the Match Review Panel but Thunder’s Director of Rugby, Denis Betts, spoke on his behalf by telephone.

He said Taulapapa had apologised to Whittel after the incident. He was full of remorse, embarrassed and couldn’t explain why it happened.

Oldham won 18-14 to clinch promotion to the Betfred Championship in 2020 in a classic final in which the lead changed hands four times before Jimmy Beckett scored the decisive Roughyeds try in the 63rd minute.

Taulapapa scored two of Newcastle’s three tries — the first in the ninth minute and the second in the 56th minute.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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