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Annakin handed five-game ban

Wakefield forward Chris Annakin has been served with a five-match ban by the Rugby Football League.

Annakin was charged with a dangerous throw in his side's loss to Warrington on Sunday and was given his punishment on Tuesday night.

His ban means coach Richard Agar will not be able to call on him for the crucial relegation scrap with Bradford on Sunday. He will also sit out meetings with London, Wigan, Hull and Leeds.

Warrington forward Ben Westwood was also charged with the same offence and he has been given a three-match ban.

That means the England international will miss this weekend's eagerly-anticipated clash with leaders Leeds.

Earlier on Tuesday, the RFL announced Widnes winger Paddy Flynn had been banned for two matches for punching.

Flynn submitted an early guilty plea after being charged with the grade C offence by the RFL following a fight with Castleford's Justin Carney.

Both players were sent to the sin bin after the confrontation in the 57th minute of the Tigers' 34-22 First Utility Super League win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Flynn will now miss the Vikings' next two games against Catalan Dragons in Super League on Friday and Keighley in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals the following week.

Carney also received a two-match ban when he went before the RFL. The winger, dubbed as 'the tank on the flank', was suspended on three separate occasions last season and has been warned once during this campaign.