SAINTS have lost their appeal against the one-match ban handed to hooker/half back Moses Mbye.

The Match Review Panel's issued a Grade B Dangerous Contact, and Saints were not successful in tonight's appeal.

He will therefore miss the crunch derby game at Wigan Warriors on Friday night.

Prior to appeal Coach Paul Wellens said: "We will be contesting the one-game ban for Moses Mbye with the judiciary.

"We are contesting because we feel we have a justified case."

Given the length of Saints' current casualty list - and the poor form of the team following last Friday's defeat at home to Castleford - losing Mbye is a bitter blow.

It also limits coach Paul Wellens' options to shake up the spine in response to the last two week's poor displays with the ball.

Saints' hooker Daryl Clark missed the weekend's game with injury and has a chance of returning.