Castleford Tigers youngster hit with mammoth ban for striking

Last week, Elliot Wallis was charged with Grade E striking.

This meant that the youngster, currently playing his trade at Midlands Hurricanes but originally of Castleford Tigers and playing for the League One club on dual registration was sent to a tribunal facing a ban of around five games akin to what Josh McGuire of Warrington Wolves suffered for unacceptable language prior to the new season.

The tribunal was held last night.

At last night’s meeting of the Operational Rules Tribunal, Wallis – of the Midlands Hurricanes – was handed a five-match ban for Grade E Striking in their Betfred League One victory over Cornwall.

Wallis entered a guilty plea and was also handed a £75 fine.

This isn’t an ideal situation for the Hurricanes as they begin their League One Campaign.

The weekend’s matches saw plenty of contentious issues, none more so than Jack Welsby’s high tackle on Jack Broadbent during Sunday’s fixture but the full-back has escaped without punishment.

At the time the referee opted to give a penalty try and didn’t punish the full-back but Castleford fans were calling for a card that ultimately didn’t come.

The penalty try turned out to be the only points that the Tigers scored as they lost 24-6 however the result could have been very different if the youngster wasn’t on the pitch.

Blake Austin is another who was hit with a Grade A charge but has received no punishment for dangerous contact.

Three further players have been fined including Jorge Taufa, Liam Farrell and Joe Wardle who will all pay £250 for their Grade B charges of dangerous contact and then striking for Wardle.

The one man who has received a more severe punishment is Scott Taylor, who scored the winning try on Friday night for Hull FC, as he’s been hit with a one match penalty notice.

He twisted Richie Myler’s ankle in the tackle in an act that saw pundits call him out for his actions.

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