Eight Super League players charged for the same offence but only one BANNED

Over the weekend we saw some big fixtures as Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers and Leigh Leopards and Catalans Dragons all met in games that sparked a lot of debate.

None more so than the clash between Leigh and Catalans which sparked a lot of discussion around disciplinary and yellow and red cards.

Unsurprisingly, 25% of the 16 charges handed out from the game went to Catalans Dragons and a further two to Leigh Leopards.

Remarkably though half of the charges this weekend were for the same offence: Grade B Late Contact.

Seven of the players charged with this were fined except for Michael McIlorum who was banned for one game.

Though this may seem unfair, it is likely because of his previous record.

He escaped another ban for a dangerous tackle on Rob Mulhern meanwhile with the match review panel deeming that the penalty awarded was sufficient and thus he was not handed a further charge for the tackle during their win over the Leopards.

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

Chris Atkin (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Dangerous Lift – £250 Fine
Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) – Grade B High Tackle – £250 Fine
Jay Pitts (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Late Contact – Not Applicable
Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Julian Bousquet (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Mitchell Pearce (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A High Tackle – £250 Fine
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Lachlan Lam (Leigh Leopards) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – Not Applicable
Tom Briscoe (Leigh Leopards) – Grade A Reactionary Trip – Not Applicable
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Hull KR) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – £250 Fine
Jimmy Keinhorst (Hull KR) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Tom Opacic (Hull KR) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Matt Parcell (Hull KR) – Grade B Intentional Trip – £250 Fine
Carlos Tuimavave (Hull FC) – Grade D Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:

Suiai Matagi (Castleford Tigers) – Late Contact