Six-month suspension for Ben Flower after punches

Ben Flower: six-month ban. Picture: Getty
Ben Flower: six-month ban. Picture: Getty
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BEN Flower has been handed a six-month ban for the punches that marred the Super League Grand Final.

The Rugby Football League’s disciplinary tribunal took just half-an-hour to come up with the punishment after Flower admitted the grade F offence.

Flower stunned the 70,000 crowd and millions watching on television at the weekend when he landed a right hook on St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia while he was motionless on the ground just two minutes into the match at Old Trafford.

The RFL yesterday announced the verdict via its Twitter account: “Ben Flower of @WiganWarriorsRL banned until April 14 2015 after being found guilty of Grade F violent and aggressive punching v @Saints1890.”

Flower’s punishment amounts to a 13-game ban, comprising two pre-season trials, Wigan’s World Club Challenge meeting with Brisbane Broncos on 21 February and the first ten games of the 2015 Super League season.There will be no appeal.