SAINTS will appeal the two-match ban handed out to their international prop Alex Walmsley.

He is set to miss the 'derby' with Wigan on Friday and the trip to Catalans Dragons on November 5 after a two-match suspension for Grade C Dangerous Contact on Alex Sutcliffe in Friday's victory over Leeds Rhinos.

But Saints head coach Kristian Woolf is not happy with the judgement.

“If you have a look at previous ones that have been charged with As and Bs, it's certainly not a C,” he said.

The ban starts from midnight tonight, so he did play in Saints' 12-10 loss to Salford Red Devils at Headingley.

And Woolf is determined he will be available for selection again before Hull on November 8, when the current ban posiiton would end.

The incident that led to Walmsley's suspension came in the 10th minute during contact with centre Sutcliffe.

The Match Review Panel's notes on the decision say: "Defending player, in or after effecting a tackle, uses any part of their body forcefully to bend or apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or spinal column of the tackled player so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle."

The panel also considered a 'high tackle' by Walmsley on Luke Briscoe in the 28th minute of the same game.

No further action is being taken as it was a clash of heads.