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Match review panel take no action against Morgan Knowles despite Ian Watson plea

The Match Review Panel has met to consider the Challenge Cup Final between Leigh Leopards and Hull KR as well as the postponed Super League Round One clash between St Helens and Huddersfield Giants.

Five charges were handed out and unsurprisingly they were heavily weighted towards the Super League clash which was a fiery affair with a yellow card and a red card handed out.

After the game Huddersfield boss Ian Watson was unhappy as he questioned the incident that saw Joe Greenwood receive a red card.

He also called for the match review panel to look at Morgan Knowles as he said on BBC Radio Leeds:

“So he’s been sent off on the back of that after when we should have really had a penalty and then you look in that situation I’ve just seen it back on video there, for me I’d like the match review to have a little look at what Morgan Knowles is doing with his head after going down to the floor as well.

“For me you’ve got Joe Greenwood who has been directly hit in the face, we had Joe Greenwood directly hit in the face at Magic never got any penalties got concussed and got took off against that line magic. This game here he’s been sent off because he’s been lashed out and then you talk about players feeling protected, well that’s not protecting players when they’re getting whacked straight in the face and they’re the ones who are getting kind of concussed on the back of it.”

However, the Match Review Panel didn’t charge Knowles nor did they even cite the loose-forward who hasn’t got the best disciplinary track record.

Following the Betfred Challenge Cup Final and latest Betfred Super League fixture, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Elliott Minchella (Hull KR) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade A High Tackle – Not Applicable
Matty Lees (St Helens) – Grade C High Tackle – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Joe Greenwood (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Striking – £250 Fine
Olly Russell (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
The following player was handed a caution:

Matty English (Huddersfield Giants) – Dangerous Contact

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