Aston anger as he misses Misi

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston has renewed his attack on the way disciplinary decisions are taken after he lost Misi Taulapapa for the game against Batley Bulldogs.

The Samoan international centre was sidelined by a one-match ban for punching during a brawl at York in an earlier round of the competition.

“It is another bizarre decision by the disciplinary – the man who instigates the fight (York’s Jack Lee) gets a Grade A charge but the man who throws a couple of punches gets a Grade B,” said Aston.

“One day somebody is going to justify that and help me understand it because I’m still mystified by it.

“I’ve asked the RFL for the answer but it has still not come.”

The Eagles, without Taulapapa, battled to their third straight win ,26-16 over Batley, with Duane Straugheir coming in at centre and scoring the try that gave the Eagles the lead just before half-time.

Lee and the Eagles captain Jack Howieson were both charged with a Grade A offence following the incident late in the Championship game on May 10.

They were able to enter an early guilty plea and were not suspended.

Aston is a long-time critic of the RFL disciplinary procedures. It is the second time in a month that Eagles players have been banned.

Two Eagles players Alex Szostak and Dane McDonald were given a two-match ban for a dangerous throw tackle in a game at Keighley Cougars.

That decision was taken on the basis of film posted by a fan on an internet site.

Aston described that as making a “mockery of the system”.