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Rohan Smith says James Bentley only received a ban “because of his past”

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

Immediately after this news, Leeds Rhinos confirmed that that they will not be appealing the decision to ban Bentley. His suspension comes for a late shot on Jacob Miller.

Leeds boss Rohan Smith has now spoken on the matter saying he felt that the decision was tough:

“I thought it was a little tough. It all happened really quickly that one from the time that it left Miller’s hands to when he made contact. I think James is actually trying to tackle Milner at the time and he couldn’t stop himself.

“It’s one of those things where the game has gone strongly about protecting ball players particularly halfbacks.

“If you tackle them late you run the risk but this was one of those things that happens in contact sport.”

He would go onto say that Bentley only got a ban because of his past:

“He has been in really good control of himself. He plays hard and fair especially at the back end of the season.

“I don’t think this was one of those things where he has lost himself.

“It his past that has cost him to miss a game. Grade B for most people is a fine.”

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