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Jon Wilkin highlights “shoulder charge” from potential Challenge Cup Finalist

Super League pundit Jon Wilkin claims there are major "alarm bells" at Salford Red Devils.

Leigh Leopards and Hull KR are looking ahead to the Challenge Cup Final but before they could focus on that the two had Super League games away at Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR.

Both sides took very different approaches to the games. Hull KR rested everyone they could even making three loan signings to enable them to rest key men for the trip to Wembley.

Leigh only rested Zak Hardaker and Josh Charnley as they defeated Leeds in stark contrast to the thumping defeat Hull KR suffered at Wigan.

However, by doing so, Leigh created anxiety around the possibility of bans and injuries.

In terms of injuries they were fine but bans could be a different story.

Speaking on this moment on Sky Sports, Bill Arthur said: “Matt Davis has flattened Aiden Sezer there, it’s going to be a penalty. Sezer is back up on his feet, I’m not sure he was hurt badly but it was late enough.”

However, Phil Clarke claimed it wasn’t late but a fair challenge responding to Arthur saying: “It’s a fair challenge.”

This came as Jon Wilkin branded it a shoulder charge: “I think the issue that he’s got is that he doesn’t wrap his arms or make an attempt to wrap his arms, so the accusation there would be that it’s a shoulder charge.

“In terms of the timing it’s not late, the issue is that it didn’t look like he had any intent to wrap his arms around Aiden Sezer as he kicked it. It’s a penalty.

“It’s the first bit of ill discipline and it comes from Matt Davis and there’s no need. Just slow yourself down and make a tackle in an orthodox way then that’s not a penalty.”

Today the disciplinary panel meet and Bill Arthur highlighted that suggesting Davis could have something to worry about: “Of course there’s a disciplinary who will be on duty.”

Davis was involved in another incident however in a tip tackle on Luke Hooley.

However, there was an effort to protect the former Batley Bulldogs man and thus Davis will likely avoid a ban for this incident.

The worry will be around the shoulder charge.

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