BREAKING: One Super League club to appeal ban at tribunal tonight

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel issued the following sanctions yesterday:

Liam Hood (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade D Shoulder Charge – Refer to Tribunal
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – 0 Match Penalty Notice
George King (Hull KR) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Sam Hewitt (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade A High Tackle – 0 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:

Bureta Faraimo (Castleford Tigers) – Contact with Match Official

Liam Hood’s tribunal hearing will be tonight whilst Wakefield Trinity will also be appealing the ban handed to Kelepi Tanginoa from last week.

Wakefield forward Tanginoa was handed a three-match ban with Trinity appealing the grading rather than the charge itself, whilst Hood could be given as many as five matches if found guilty for his Grade D Shoulder Charge.

That shoulder charge went unpunished at the time by the referee whilst the video referee was unable to make a decision on it given the fact that play had not been stopped with Manu Ma’u getting straight back on his feet.

In other words, Ma’u was punished for not milking a penalty which has often become a contentious issue within Super League at present with referees determined to crack down on that gamesmanship.

Unfortunately, whilst Wakefield’s next opponents could be boosted by Hood’s absence, it makes no difference for Hull who may well have got back into the game last Friday against a 12-man Trinity.

Widnes Vikings will also be appealing Matty Fozard’s ban.

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