THE Giants have lodged an appeal against the two-match ban handed to Jamahl Lolesi.
The former Kiwi Test ace was handed the suspension, along with a £300 fine, for using foul and abusive language during the Giants’ 36-34 Super League defeat against Warrington Wolves at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Lolesi admitted the offence when he appeared in front of the RFL’s disciplinary panel in Leeds last night.
But Giants coach Jon Sharp immediately made it clear his club would be contesting the length of the punishment.
“We are in no way condoning what Jamahl has done,” said Sharp, who represented his player at last night’s hearing.
“There was no need for it. He was disappointed by his actions, while we were both disappointed that we had to appear at this hearing.
“But we’re equally as disappointed by the severity of the sentence. That’s why I feel it is right to lodge this appeal.”
That will be heard by a different disciplinary panel later today, with the hope they will overturn the ruling and Lolesi will be available to face Hull KR in Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth-round clash at New Craven Park (1.15).
“If the appeal fails and the ban remains, we’ll clearly miss Jamahl,” added Sharp.
“He’s been one of our best players over the past month.
“He’s looking in very good shape and been tremendous in the back row.”