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Paul Wellens reveals St Helens’ stance on Morgan Knowles appeal

Seven players have been charged by the disciplinary panel this week.

Once again it is a prime example of how the new disciplinary system works with a greater focus on fines rather than bans.

However, there have been two players hit with bans.

One of those is Morgan Knowles who has been hit with a one match ban for dangerous contact against Hull FC.

His former teammate James Bentley has also received the same punishment for the same offence.

Meanwhile, Ligi Sao, despite calls for him to receive a yellow card, didn’t receive a ban.

Teammate Davey Litten has been fined however for other contrary behaviour.

A further three players have been fined £250 whilst Arthyr Romano has been charged for striking but has received no punishment.

Only one game had no player punished and that was the clash between Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors.

Interestingly, former Wigan man, Warrington Wolves star George Williams received a fine for tripping.

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions

Morgan Knowles St Helens Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice
James Bentley Leeds Rhinos Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice
Joe Westerman Castleford Tigers Dangerous Contact B £250 fine
George Williams Warrington Wolves Tripping B £250 fine
Shane Wright Salford Red Devils Dangerous Contact B £250 fine
Davey Litten Hull FC Other Contrary Behaviour B £250 fine
Arthur Romano Catalans Dragons Striking A No further action

Speaking after the news, Saints boss Paul Wellens reacted to star man Knowles’ ban and whether or not they will appeal the decision:

“It’s too early to say. I only found out five minutes before we went out on the training field this afternoon, so I’ve got to come and look at that tackle and see what the actual charge is,” he said on Saints TV.

“I know it’s been a Grade B so we’ll look and see whether we either challenge the charge of the grading. It’s something that we always do, not just this particular charge. We’re very thorough.

“Like we did the other week with Curtis, Sione and Konrad, we’re not brazen. If we accept there’s guilt there then we’ll take it on the chin, but at the same time if we think there’s something to be challenged then we will.

Leeds Rhinos meanwhile confirmed that that they will not be appealing the decision to ban Bentley.

His suspension comes for a late shot on Jacob Miller.

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