Halifax forward faces lengthy ban after late challenge on Leigh’s Barlow

Sam Barlow of Leigh Centurions
Sam Barlow of Leigh Centurions

DANE Manning, the Halifax player whose late challenge on Leigh’s Sam Barlow sparked a mass brawl, has been charged with two offences in the same minute of Wednesday night’s game at the Sports Village.

Barlow was taken to hospital after being floored 14 minutes into the second half but released on Thursday.

Manning has been charged with Grade E intentional striking with the shoulder and Grade D punching. A Grade E offence can carry a ban of between four to eight games while a Grade D offence is typically punishable by a three to five game ban. Manning will appear before the RFL disciplinary panel on Tuesday.

He received a red card on the night along with Leigh’s Kurt Haggerty who was charged with Grade D punching during the brawl which ensued. Haggerty has until 11am on Tuesday to submit an early guilty plea.

The injury to Barlow took some of the shine off a dramatic Centurions victory secured in the dying minutes by Martyn Ridyard’s conversion.

Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “I am delighted Sam was discharged from hospital quickly and the scan has shown clear.

!It will take him some time to recover fully but he is in no immediate danger. It was disturbing to see him the way he was in the medical room when the paramedics arrived and to hear them set up a trauma team to accept Sam at Hope Hospital left me deeply concerned, as I am sure it did our fans.

“I would like to pay tribute to our medical team of physios and doctors who were magnificent in the way that they dealt with the situation. I would also like to thank the stewards and security at Leigh Sports Village in maintaining a sterile environment for treatment to be undertaken and smooth access for the paramedics.

“We have a team off the field to match that on it and I want to publicly place on record how proud as a Club we are of our medical team and support staff. Their quick and measured approach to treating our players is vastly important in minimising prolonged injury. It is comforting to know how composed and measured they deal with a serious incident when it occurs.”