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  1. mt.wellington
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    Junior Warrior Bell banned for spitting incident
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    PHOTOSPORT
    IN HOT WATER: Junior Warriors forward James Bel.

    Junior Warriors forward James Bell will not play again this season unless his team qualifies for the Holden Cup finals series after he was found guilty of spitting at a Newcastle Knights opponent during their under-20s clash at Hunter Stadium last Sunday.

    Bell received a three-match ban after a NRL judicial hearing tonight found him guilty of spitting a mixture of saliva and blood at rival lock Joseph Boyce during the second half of the Warriors' 40-34 loss.

    Referred straight to the judiciary after being charged with contrary conduct, Bell's punishment was relatively light considering NRL judicial counsel Peter Kite recommended a ban of between six and eight weeks after he successfully argued the player's actions were intentional.

    However, the panel of Mal Cochrane, Michael Vella and Chris McKenna imposed a three-game ban which covers the remainder of the regular season.

    Bell's counsel Bill Neil submitted the offence was not at the serious end of the scale because the contact was made with Boyce's right arm and not face.

    He also said Bell's on field apology after he was placed on report indicated his remorse.

    Bell told the hearing via a video link in Auckland that he did not intentionally spit at Boyce while the footage showed him apologising shortly after the incident.

    "Sorry brother, I didn't even mean it," he said, after the referee spoke to both players.

    Bell had been tackled by Boyce before he spat but said he had no issue with the tackle - his mouth had been bleeding 10 minutes before the incident.

    "It was a good tackle .... there was nothing done to make me angry," he said.

    Bell had been tackled heavily earlier in the match, a collision that caused a melee and the sinbinning of two players, though Boyce was not involved.

    "I had no intention of hitting him. It's the last thing I'd do in a footy game," Bell said.

    "It was a complete accident. I was real sincere (apologising on the field) because it's disgusting getting spit on you."

    Bell admitted he saw Boyce in his field of vision but thought he was a clear distance away when he cleared his mouth.

    However, Kite successfully argued Bell had spat in Boyce's direction with the intention of hitting him because he did not turn his head away from the Knights player or spit towards the ground.

    He argued for a six to eight week ban -"a serious element of deterrence" - because of the risk of infection.

    The Stacey Jones-coached Warriors are currently in eighth place and are no certainties of qualifying for the finals series as the Melbourne Storm, South Sydney and Manly are also in range of securing the last play-off berth.

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    [Late mail] Bell called up for debut
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    James Bell, Vodafone Warriors training session ahead of the weekends NRL Auckland Nines tournament. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 1 February 2017. Copyright Image: Andrew Cornaga / Link has been hidden. Please Register to view.

    Back rower James Bell becomes the Vodafone Warriors’ latest debutant and prop Sam Lisone has been brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s 21st-round NRL encounter with defending premiers the Cronulla Sharks at Mount Smart Stadium (8.00pm kick-off).

    Bell, consistently impressive for the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side, comes onto the interchange bench for last week’s debutant Chris Satae alongside prop Ben Matulino, Ata Hingano and Ligi Sao.

    Lisone will be making just his fifth start in 58 appearances since 2015.

    Still without a try, he started three times early last season and was used as the starting loose forward against Penrith in round 10 this year.

    Bell (23), a Papakura Sea Eagles junior, was presented with his commemorative jersey by his father in front of his team-mates yesterday. He becomes Vodafone Warrior #220.

    An ISP regular with more than 50 appearances since 2015, he is the 10th player from the 2014 NYC premiership-winning Vodafone Junior Warriors to graduate to the club’s NRL side. The others have been Lisone, Nathaniel Roache, Solomone Kata, Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino, Jazz Tevaga, Toafofoa Sipley, Ken Maumalo and Bunty Afoa.

    Vodafone Warriors v CRONULLA SHARKS
    Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
    8.00pm, Friday, July 28


    1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c)
    2 David Fusitua
    3 Blake Ayshford
    4 Solomone Kata
    5 Ken Maumalo
    6 Kieran Foran
    7 Mason Lino
    8 Jacob Lillyman
    9 Issac Luke
    15 Sam Lisone
    11 Bodene Thompson
    12 Bunty Afoa
    13 Simon Mannering

    10 Ben Matulino
    14 MAFOA’AEATA Hingano
    16 Ligi Sao
    20 James Bell

    HEAD COACH | Stephen Kearney

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    Warriors Prop vs Sharks Hooker?
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    One issue he will always face is his height or lack thereof. Got skill, mongrel and a huge ticker but will always be on the backfoot. Same height as Paul Gallen so its not impossible...
     
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    Skill, mongrel, ticker and the ability to tackle will do me. Which Bell is his father?
     
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    He went ok last night. Nice to see someone jump back into the defensive line!
     
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    WellingtonOrca 1st Grade Fringe

    Yeah but Gallen needed illegal substances to get as big as he is.
     
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    Weno 1st Grade Fringe

    Play him at lock.
     

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    Ref 1st Grade Fringe

    He is exclusively a lock to me.
    Lock or nothing.
    A busy legs tackler or 2nd/3rd man in.
    Fast enough to get around the field.
    OK for hit ups when structure breaks down.
    Good at backing up bigger runners.
     
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    I'd only have him in the team if we were over stacked with big, immobile props...

    Putting him in with our small, ineffective props is just silly..
     
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    You obviously have not grasped the process yet ;)
     
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    rugged 1st Grade Fringe

    Play him in ISP
     
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    In saying this I suspect he would be better as a hooker.
    He is the smallest looking 94kg ive ever seen too.
    He doesn't make the Warriors top squad for mine.
    Quality ISP player.
     
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    Selector 1st Grade Fringe

    James Bell has been named in Scotland's provisional squad for the RLWC.
     
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    Weno 1st Grade Fringe

    Happy for him.
    Its not the Kiwis , but Scotland has beaten us.
    Made first grade this year.
    Thing are looking up for him.
     
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