Leeds Rhinos' hopes of reaching a second successive Grand Final have been dealt a body blow with the loss of record-breaker Danny McGuire through suspension.
The 29-year-old half-back has been handed a one-match ban, and a £300 fine, after being found guilty by the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee of a reckless high tackle.
It means that McGuire, who was put on report for the tackle on Louis Anderson during the champions' 27-20 win over Catalan Dragons last Friday, will miss Friday's play-off semi-final against Wigan at the DW Stadium, although Leeds may appeal.
A Rhinos spokesman said McGuire, who pleaded not guilty, would make a decision in the morning on whether to appeal.
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