Ex-Super League referee has his say on disciplinary panel’s stance on Richie Myler incident as Leeds Rhinos man and Chris Hill both avoid bans

Yesterday might have been one of the most anticipated disciplinary panels in Super League history.

This was largely down to the fiery and controversial battle between Leeds and Huddersfield on Wednesday night which needed a late Blake Austin try to decide the game between two top teams.

However the try came courtesy of a Chris Hill yellow card which has divided opinion. The incident saw Richie Myler – who had been tackled by Hill – begin to move his legs possibly in eagerness to play the ball but could be said to have put himself in a dangerous position however it could also be argued that Hill then lifted the Leeds fullback dropping him on his head.

Many expected one or both players to be banned yesterday especially after Ian Watson’s calls to stamp out the milking of penalties with retrospective bans but Myler hasn’t received one whilst Hill himself escaped a ban.

This was because the panel viewed that Hill didn’t put Myler into a dangerous position and Myler was moving his legs to “release the grip of the opponent” which is a fair assessment of the situation certainly.

That was certainly the opinion of former Super League official Richard Silverwood who believed it confirmed his stance that just a penalty and no yellow card would have been sufficient.

He took to Twitter to say: “Not often I have agreed with MRP but IMO that’s about right. Myler pushing up puts himself in that position. Hill still hold of him after move call. Penalty but no sin bin would have been right outcome IMO.”

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