Three St Helens players have been cited after their Grand Final win over Leeds.
Ironically, after the controversy around his two-match ban after the win over Salford which was overturned, Knowles has picked up a ban for dangerous contact.
Knowles was originally set to miss the Grand Final due to the aforementioned two-match ban and by extension England’s World Cup warm up against Fiji.
This was for an incident where he twisted Salford’s Chris Atkin’s arm however after the first appeal failed on the Tuesday, St Helens were successful with their second appeal on the Wednesday exploiting a contradiction in the first judge’s ruling that mean it could not possibly be a Grade B offence.
However, now with a one-match ban for dangerous contact, Knowles will miss the warm-up game anyway.
Meanwhile, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has also picked up a suspension for contact with a match official whilst Tommy Makinson was given a caution for the same offence.
Rhyse Martin escapes a ban for a thunderous if dangerous tackle on Jonny Lomax in the first half of the Grand Final.
Fortunately for Leigh and Batley who meet this weekend in the Million Pound Game to determine which side will play in Super League next year, neither side picked up a ban.
Following the Betfred Super League Grand Final, Betfred Championship and League One Play-Offs and Academy fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:
- Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens) – Grade B Contact with Match Official – 1 Match Penalty Notice
- Morgan Knowles (St Helens) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:
- Tommy Makinson (St Helens) – Contact with Match Official