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Revealed: Why Zak Hardaker’s appeal wasn’t frivolous

Last night Zak Hardaker appealed his one match ban for a dangerous through against York in the Challenge Cup.

Hardaker was yellow carded after a tackle on AJ Towse in the Challenge Cup clash as Leigh were reduced to 11 men for 10 minutes in the clash.

The tackle was seen as a Grade C dangerous throw by the Match Review Panel.

Hardaker appealed the subsequent one match ban at tonight’s tribunal after teammate Kai O’Donnell had been given a huge six game suspension for a similar tackle in the same game also seen as a dangerous throw but a Grade F one.

After he was banned for six games, Hardaker’s appeal was heard.

The appeal though was unsuccessful.

The RFL made the following statement:

“Zak Hardaker (Leigh Leopards) has been suspended for one game after being found guilty of a Grade C Dangerous Throw by an Independent Tribunal. Hardaker pleaded guilty but challenged the grading however the grading was found to be correct. Club lose £500 bond.”

There were many fans who felt the one match suspension was lenient in the first place and actually expected the appeal to see Hardaker’s ban upped, potentially for a frivolous appeal which is something we have seen lots of in recent years.

But the reason why this wasn’t the case is actually pretty self explanatory: Hardaker only appealed the grade and not the overall charge.

Thus, the appeal was not frivolous.

The Leopards will face Catalans Dragons this weekend with four players suspended.

Tom Nisbet and Ava Seumanufagai were both banned from the same game.

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