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Footage emerges of Grade F tackle that caused star’s injury

Super League Disciplinary Sylvester Namo Castleford Tigers

Following the news that Castleford Tigers’ Sylvester Namo has been handed a Grade F Dangerous Contact charge, footage has emerged of the incident in question, leaving fans confused.

In the Tigers’ embarrassing 60-6 home defeat to Wigan Warriors, the incident wasn’t penalised with a card at the time, although the Match Review Panel had other ideas.

As this is the Papua New Guinea international’s first offence, the ban could be 6 games or more, or a suspension set at a specific period of time.

The Match Review Panel minutes say: “Dangerous Contact – Defender uses any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player.”

This has been referred to a tribunal, which many expect to have a lenient view.

Footage of the incident can be seen below:

Castleford Tigers fans react

Castleford Tigers fans at Wheldon Road

Credit: Imago Images

The footage caused a stir with fans on X, formerly Twitter, with many confused as to how what seemed to be an innocuous challenge could be deemed as high as a Grade F charge.

As has been the case often this season, the feeling amongst fans has been that decisions are made with little regard for the way the sport is played:

It may be fair to say that this kind of tackle is made all the time in games – and many question whether it would have even been cited if Isa didn’t end up injured.

In addition, images here show that the tackle may not even have caused Willie Isa’s injury at all – which it potentially being sustained before his contact.

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