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Huge twist in Grand Final tale as St Helens’ Morgan Knowles CLEARED to play against Leeds Rhinos

The RFL have tonight confirmed that Morgan Knowles will be allowed to play against Leeds in Saturday’s Grand Final after the club launched a second appeal of the ban today.

Here were the findings:

“St Helens’ Morgan Knowles is free to play in Saturday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final, following a successful second appeal against a two-match suspension.

“After Tuesday’s independent tribunal rejected his first appeal, St Helens launched a second appeal claiming that the tribunal’s conclusion was ‘unreasonable’ based on the evidence presented.

“Tonight’s tribunal accepted that while there was some twisting to apply pressure to the limb of an opposing player, this did not exceed the normal range of movement and therefore could not have posed an ‘unacceptable risk of injury’.

“The full minutes of the hearing will be available on the RFL website on Thursday morning.”

Knowles was given a two-match ban for a tackle on Chris Atkin when he twisted Atkin’s arm behind his back and was given a yellow card as consequence which helped lead to a try for Kallum Watkins.

Many expected a ban to come and it did on Monday night whilst teammate Jack Welsby escaped a ban with a Grade A charge.

Last night St Helens were unsuccessful with their appeal of the ban which saw Kristian Woolf miss the Man of Steel awards.

However, now this second appeal has seen the ban overturned which will enable Morgan Knowles to play in the decider against Leeds on Saturday night.



  1. Andrew Fitton

    September 21, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Shocking !! Do you think they want saints to win it.

    • Canuk

      September 21, 2022 at 10:46 pm

      Agree, this is absolutely scandalous. Rhyse Martin missed 2 games with a loose arm around the shoulder that even his opponent said was not even a penalty. I am an ex Wolfpack fan in Canada and now I can see why they never had a chance with these kinds of management decisions. Appalling!

  2. JHeath

    September 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    RIP Rugby League

  3. Stretch

    September 21, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Scandalous! RFL you are a disgrace. Talk about an unlevel playing field. How can you go from 2 matches to none ! Especially after some of the soft bans some players have had this season !! Or is it to make sure he can play in the World cup just like the decision to put someone else in the Knights team to clear their ban !!

    • Steve Rollinson

      September 22, 2022 at 11:33 am

      How anyone can come to this conclusion is utterly scandalous.Obviously they want St Helens to win.i hope this provides an incentive for Leeds to prove otherwise

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