GIANTS prop Andy Raleigh has been cleared to play in the Giants’ Engage Super League match against Hull at the KC Stadium on Friday because of his good behaviour.
The former Hull KR forward was found guilty of a late tackle on Bradford scrum-half Matt Orford during the Giants’ 24-12 victory over the Bulls, but the Rugby Football League disciplinary committee decided not to punish him because of his previous unblemished record.
The news will be a big relief to Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown, who is already a front rower down with Keith Mason ruled out for at least a month with a torn pectoral muscle.
“We are delighted with the decision because obviously we were disappointed he got called up,” admitted Giants coach Nathan Brown. “From what we’ve seen on the tape, we can understand how things could have looked.
“But it’s a different matter on closer examination and we were very hopeful it would work in his favour.”
Had Raleigh been ruled out it would obviously have left the Giants a lot lighter in the front row for Friday’s trip to face a Hull FC side fresh from last Friday’s shock 32-12 triumph at St Helens.
“Losing Andy would have made us lighter up front, there’s no doubt about it,” added Brown.
“But we have Larne Patrick to come in to cover for Keith, because he played very well in the trial game at Castleford.”