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Hull KR: Peta Hiku learns fate after escaping red card for “terrible” shot

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Hull KR were dumped out of the Challenge Cup on Saturday as Wigan Warriors ran wild and won 38-6 and it seemed like they might have some disciplinary issues to face but that hasn’t been the case.

Centre Tom Opacic was sent to the sin bin for his part in a scuffle with fellow Australian Adam Keighran, however, neither man has been hit with a ban for their roles in the incident.

The Match Review Panel Minutes have revealed that Opacic “pushed opponent in the face and became involved in a melee but no punches are thrown”, hence his verdict of ‘No Further Action’.

As for Keighran, he was cited for: “Reacting to an opponent and becoming involved in a melee but no punches are thrown”. He too hasn’t received further punishment.

The bigger worry for Hull KR was regarding their other centre, Peta Hiku, with the Kiwi international getting away scot-free for what looked like a swinging arm and shoulder to the head of Jai Field.

Thankfully for Hiku, and Hull KR, the Match Review Panel have adjudged that he did not make contact with the head. Therefore, controversially, he did not receive a ban despite the Head of the Academy at Hull KR claiming the incident was worthy of a red card.

Was Hull KR star lucky to avoid a ban?

Peta Hiku’s actions weren’t too dissimilar to those of Franklin Pele in the first game of the Super League season with the Hull FC forward shown a red card and handed a three-game ban.

Pele dived on top of Hull KR captain Elliot Minchella and swung his arm making contact with Minchella’s head. Hiku did similar to Field but it’s been judged that he has not made contact with the head of the Australian, whilst it should also be noted that the Kiwi utilised his shoulder more so than a swinging arm.

Either way, it’s an act that has been described as “terrible” by Hull KR Academy coach Jason Netherton who went further and claimed that it “should have been a red card”.

As it turns out, no red card and no ban has been handed with Hiku being cleared of any wrongdoing, something that will frustrate Wigan fans and also Hull FC fans most likely. You can see the incident at the bottom of the article.

Super League Disciplinary: Who did get banned?

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Whilst Hiku escaped a card and a ban, two men received cards that day and two different men have since received bans.

Both Tom Opacic and Adam Keighran weren’t punished further as referenced above, but both Kaide Ellis and Sam Walters have been handed bans. The Wigan duo will both serve a one-match ban for Grade B charges, the ban being at the higher end of the scale in each case.

Walters was making his Wigan debut and has been charged for making head contact whereas Ellis was deemed to make dangerous contact. A third Wigan forward in Luke Thompson was also charged but his Grade B charge for dangerous contact only drew a £250 fine.

Meanwhile, carrying on from last week Hull FC’s Herman Ese’ese was cited for verbal abuse in his side’s loss to Catalans Dragons just over a week ago and a decision will be made Thursday regarding if there was enough evidence to charge or the accusations could progress further into a case.

The RFL said: “Thursday’s meeting of the Match Review Panel will consider further evidence that has been submitted relating to the allegation of possible verbal abuse against Herman Ese’ese of Hull FC in the fixture at London Broncos on May 12.”

Below is footage of the Peta Hiku incident that has been deemed unworthy of a charge.

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