Morgan Knowles appeal verdict revealed ahead of Grand Final against Leeds Rhinos

St Helens appeal of Morgan Knowles’ two-match ban ahead of their Grand Final against Leeds has been unsuccessful with the Match Review Panel producing the following findings:

“St Helens’ Morgan Knowles has lost his appeal against a two-match suspension for a Grade B Dangerous Contact with an opponent during Saturday’s Betfred Super League Play-off Semi-final against Salford Red Devils.

“The independent tribunal upheld the Match Review Panel’s decision and also imposed a £500 fine.”

It means Knowles will miss the chance to play in and win a record setting fourth consecutive Super League Grand Final.

It leaves Kristian Woolf with a conundrum to solve as to who should play loose-forward come Saturday, perhaps young Jake Wingfield will get his moment, maybe James Bell could start or perhaps Sione Mata’utia could feature there having played plenty there and Will Hopoate potentially back to fill the void Mata’utia would leave in the backs.

The appeal was not deemed frivolous by the panel, so the Saints must have brought a legitimate case however it wasn’t to be for the loose-forward.

Fortunately, his two-match ban means he’s unlikely to miss much or any of the World Cup.

It compounds St Helens’ problems in the pack with the Champions already without the league’s best prop in Alex Walmsley and now they have lost the Super League Dream Team loose-forward Knowles.

The Rhinos haven’t got it easy however with no David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman, Ash Handley, Aidan Sezer and Morgan Gannon.

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