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St Helens challenge RFL verdict and make second appeal

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St Helens ‘ appeal of Moses Mbye’s ban for their derby clash this weekend has been unsuccessful, but there’s another twist in the tale.

The game between Wigan Warriors and St Helens is always huge, and this could turn out to determine the winners of the League Leaders’ Shield, as a Wigan victory could make it hard for the Red Vee to grasp top spot from them from so far behind.

Saints won last time out, but this could be different, as they’re in bad form.

Mbye was given a Grade B Dangerous Contact charge, at the higher end of the grade, for late contact on Tex Hoy in St Helens’ narrow 8-6 shock defeat to Castleford Tigers.

This meant St Helens were facing having to give a first ever Super League start for young hooker Jake Burns, with Daryl Clark also likely out through injury after missing the game against Castleford.

The club appealed, and the decision was reached last night – they were unsuccessful in their appeal, something that the RFL announced last night.

They shared their verdict: “Moses Mbye will miss St Helens’ Betfred Super League match at Wigan Warriors on Friday, after losing his appeal against a one match suspension for Grade B Dangerous contact with a Castleford Tigers opponent last Friday.”

St Helens appeal the appeal decision

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens

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However, the club have only named a 20-man squad for the game on Friday, saying: “Moses Mbye on Monday was issued with a one-match penalty notice by the Match Review Panel which the Club appealed with the Operational Rules Tribunal on Tuesday evening but were unsuccessful in overturning.

“However, St.Helens will be appealing the decision from the ORT this evening (Wednesday 10th July) and if successful Mbye will then be added into the squad declaration to bring the Saints squad up to 21-men.”

Put simply, this means they are appealing the appeal decision, in an attempt to have another first-team hooker available – perhaps, Daryl Clark remains unfit.

Otherwise, this may be the club feeling they know better than both the Match Review Panel and the Operational Rules Tribunal.

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