Huddersfield Giants' England centre Leroy Cudjoe has been cleared to make his 50th consecutive appearance for the Giants at Widnes on Friday after avoiding suspension.
Cudjoe was charged with a grade A offence of punching during his side's 24-8 Challenge Cup fifth-round win over the Leeds Rhinos last Saturday but was able to submit an early-guilty plea and avoid a ban.
But Cudjoe's co-centre Joe Wardle has been handed a two-match ban after submitting an early-guilty plea following his sending-off against the Rhinos.
Wardle was sent off for the first time in his career and charged with a grade C offence.
Winger Jermaine McGillvary's hat-trick enabled Huddersfield to stay top of Super League, but only a disallowed try in the last minute ensured they retained their 100% record.
The Wildcats trailed throughout the match but, after coming from 18-8 down to cut the deficit to two points, thought they had snatched victory when centre Lee Smith went over for a try, only to have it disallowed for a forward pass.
Huddersfield, who gave a debut to former Widnes forward Anthony Mullally, were generally the more impressive side but could never shake off their gritty opponents in a tense, scrappy affair at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has begun the search for a replacement for Australian forward Luke O'Donnell, who was today released by mutual agreement.
The 32-year-old former Kangaroo international had another 12 months left on his initial three-year contract with the Giants but will return home on Friday and is expected to join Sydney Roosters.
"We're throwing names around at the minute," said Anderson. "What it does is free up fair amount of salary-cap space. We're going through the process of seeing what's the best thing for us. Do we want to bring someone else in like for like or do we want to strengthen other areas? "
O'Donnell made just 23 appearances in his first two injury-hit seasons.
Shaun Lunt - who won the Grand Final with the Leeds Rhinos earlier this month - is to return to the Huddersfield Giants.
The 25-year-old hooker spent most of the season on loan at Headingley after losing his starting place with Huddersfield, but the Giants have now offloaded two other frontline hookers, and they say it's Lunt's own decision to go back to the John Smiths Stadium.
Huddersfield have signed 21-year-old Widnes forward Anthony Mullally on a three-year deal. The Giants have paid an undisclosed transfer fee for the 6ft 5in prop, who spent last year with Brisbane Broncos' feeder club before returning in time for the Vikings' return to Stobart Super League.
Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: "Anthony was identified a long time back by us as being a prodigious talent and the year in Australia confirmed that from the reports we received." Mullally will link up with Huddersfield in November for the start of pre-season training.