LEOPARDS' half back Matt Moylan was the victim of an apparent head on head hit in Leigh’s opening season Betfred Super League defeat by Huddersfield Giants.

But while four Leigh players copped disciplinary action for incidents during a 16-8 defeat, the first half challenge on Moylan went unspotted.

Robert Hicks, the RFL’s Director of Operations and Legal, confirmed the club had highlighted the flashpoint but said no retrospective action will be taken against the unnamed Huddersfield player.

It is understood the contact which left Moylan needing a head impact assessment wasn’t picked up by the match review panel due to the angles they consulted.

Leigh were also told it was “too late” for the matter to be further investigated.

Ironically, speaking about this season’s implementation of changes regarding head contact Hicks said: “One area which has made a difference is in head on head contact, and the responsibility of attacking and tackling players in this area.”

With prop Tom Amone and centre Ricky Leutele-in his first Super League game since July 2023-facing a potential three match absence and Zak Hardaker and Jack Hughes both fined £250, little wonder coach Adrian Lam admitted: “The club is frustrated by it all.”

Leigh will appeal Amone’s grade C head contact and have been given until next Tuesday (February 26) to finalise their case against a two-match suspension as they have no game before facing St Helens on March 1.

They will also consider similar mitigating action for Leutele who stands to miss a single fixture for his challenge on Jake Connor which earned him a yellow card from referee Jack Smith.

“I didn’t think it was a sin bin ever in the history of the game,” said Lam on the night.

Hooker Edwin Ipape could miss upto two months after suffering medial ligament damage early in the first half.

The Papua New Guinea international was able to walk off the pitch unaided but the injury has been confirmed as a grade two tear.

Matty Davis deputised against the Giants while ex Hull FC star Ben McNamara could come into the squad for the trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium.

In game where just about anything that could go wrong did go wrong Dan Norman also failed a head assessment. But he will be available to face his former club.

“It was a rough start but I know we will be okay,” confirmed Lam.

*Jacob Jones has joined London Broncos on a month’s loan. Jones, 25, moved to the Leopards from Broncos and spent a short loan spell with the capital club in 2023.

*Leopards’ women will face Salford in a pre-season friendly on Sunday. Kick-off is 12 noon at the Salford Stadium Community Field.

*Former Leigh and Wales hooker, Mark Moran, has passed away at the age of 59, the club has announced.

*Fans heading to Leigh Sports Village for Leopards’ game against Leeds Rhinos on March 8 will also be able to see 80’s hit makers T’Pau and their lead singer Carol Decker after their successful appearance last year. The band will be on stage from 6.45 pm.