Beaten finalists clobbered by suspensions to players

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ prop Mitch Stringer is out of the autumn internationals after being banned for two games.

Stringer picked up the suspension for a tackle during the Eagles Championship Grand Final defeat by Featherstone Rovers at the weekend.

The forward was found guilty of deliberately ‘dropping with the knee’ on Rovers’ winger Tommy Saxton. Stringer, who pleaded not guilty, was also fined £100. It rules him out of the Bravehearts’ games with Ireland and France this month.

Coach Mark Aston said: “I’m disappointed for Mitch. He deserved his place in the Scotland squad.” Four other Eagles players were also banned following a mass brawl – which did not involve Stringer who had been substituted – during the 40-4 defeat.

Match officials struggled for a couple of minutes to halt the punch-up with Eagles’ Joe Hirst and Rovers’ Kirk Netherton sent to the sin bin. The charges followed a review of film of incidents by the RFL disciplinary panel.

Hirst, Tim Bergin and Dane McDonald and Quentin Laulu-Togagae were all given one-match bans and £50 fines for their part in the fighting.

Bergin will miss one of Ireland’s four games in the international series. The other Eagles players will sit out the club’s first game of next season - likely to be friendly.

They will join Menzie Yere on the sidelines. The Papua New Guinea international still has one game left of a two-match ban that ruled him out of the final. Samoan Misi Taulapapa’s debut for his new club Hull KR will also be delayed after he picked up a one-game ban.