HEAD COACH John Kear had no complaints following the banning of two key Bulldogs prior to last night’s trip to Hunslet (Thursday).
Hooker George Flanagan and forward Ash Lindsay were ruled out having been found guilty of punching against Swinton earlier this month.
Each received one-match bans, meaning they will be back in contention in time for next Sunday’s visit of arch-rivals Dewsbury, but Kear refused to dispute the RFL disciplinary panel’s decision.
“If you punch someone then you deserved to get banned for it,” said Kear.
“This isn’t the 1970s or 1980s, the game has changed and this type of thing is treat very seriously and rightfully so.
“They are both key players so it is disappointing, but it is all part parcel of the game and I just like getting on with it rather than worrying what might have been.”
The quarter-final draw for the Northern Rail Cup was due to be made ahead of kick off at Hunslet.
Boss Kear was “praying” for a home tie, but insisted neither he or his players would be made aware of the outcome until after the final whistle.
Joining the Bulldogs in the hat were Dewsbury, Sheffield, Leigh, Workington, Swinton, Doncaster and Whitehaven.
Meanwhile, full-back Miles Greenwood (knee) remains sidelined and will do so until next month having undergone minor surgery.