Wakefield Wildcats: Trinity centre Gibson out for three months as trio charged

Chris Chester
Chris Chester

WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats centre Ashley Gibson is facing at least three months on the sidelines.

Gibson was hurt in a tackle by Aaron Heremaia during Wildcats’ 18-16 win at Widnes Vikings and coach Chris Chester confirmed: “He has got a dislocated shoulder. He will most probably need surgery. We are just waiting for the images to come back, but he is looking at a minimum of three months.”

Heremaia, who was sin-binned, has been charged with a grade E dangerous throw and will appear before the RFL disciplinary tonight. He was later sent-off for fighting with Wakefield’s Scott Moore, who was also dismissed. Moore has been charged with grade A contrary behaviour, a grade B high tackle and grade A punching, a charge Heremaia also faces. Widnes’ Stefan Marsh was charged with grade C tripping.

Of Heremaia’s dangerous throw charge, Chester said: “We will let the disciplinary deal with it.” But he added: “One of the charges Scott is up on is going and pushing a player out of the way. Another is grade A punching, but we can’t see any punches being thrown.

“We will wait and see what the hearing brings.”

Wildcats are up to seventh in First Utility Super League and have a five point advantage over ninth-placed Hull KR.

Chester said: “Losing a player like Scott early doors had a big effect on the way we played, but there’s a lot of belief in the group and a never-say-die attitude.

“To come away from Widnes with the two points was extremely pleasing and it has made a massive difference in terms of the league ladder as well. Other results went for us and we are in a healthy position, but we’re not going to get carried away.”