“Disappointed” – St Helens and Hull KR fans unhappy with disciplinary verdict

This weekend we saw the Challenge Cup Final between Hull KR and Leigh Leopards as well as Huddersfield Giants and St Helens battled it out in Super League as the Giants want to keep in touch with the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils in the play-off battle.

As always, the Match Review Panel met to consider the action and whether or not players deserved bans.

Unsurprisingly, Elliot Minchella was banned for one game after becoming the first player since 2001 to be sin binned in a Challenge Cup Final.

He was the only player banned from the final and there was a lot of focus on the other game with how fiery the match was with a yellow card and a red card playing their part.

Thus, with such a high profile moment with Minchella and a controversial game at St Helens, there was a lot of debate with the match review panel’s punishments.

One fan hit back at the commentary for saying that there was nothing wrong with Minchella’s late hit.

Meanwhile, St Helens were tipped to appeal the ban for Matty Lees.

Saints fans in general were unhappy especially with Matty English only cautioned for his yellow card cannon ball tackle.

They were unhappy as well that red carded Joe Greenwood avoided a ban.

Hull KR fans were meanwhile shocked at the punishment for Minchella.

Switching back to the Saints, their fans highlighted the comments around English questioning the lack of a ban.

Hull KR fans were continually unhappy saying that the ban for Minchella was “farcical.”

But it was the Saints fans who were most disappointed with one fan questioning how Chris Hill avoided a ban after a high tackle.

Following the Betfred Challenge Cup Final and latest Betfred Super League fixture, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Elliott Minchella (Hull KR) โ€“ Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour โ€“ 1 Match Penalty Notice
Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants) โ€“ Grade A High Tackle โ€“ Not Applicable
Matty Lees (St Helens) โ€“ Grade C High Tackle โ€“ 2 Match Penalty Notice
Joe Greenwood (Huddersfield Giants) โ€“ Grade B Striking – ยฃ250 Fine
Olly Russell (Huddersfield Giants) โ€“ Grade B Dangerous Contact – ยฃ250 Fine
The following player was handed a caution:

Matty English (Huddersfield Giants) โ€“ Dangerous Contact